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Ex-girlfriend of Ogden shooting suspect informed on him

Woman’s brother says she was motivated by fear of Matthew David Stewart.



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About a month after the split, James Wilson said, Stacy Wilson came home and found something strange. Reports released by the Ogden Police Department show that on Sept. 10, she reported to policethat someone broke a key in the lock on her apartment’s front door.

James and Stacy Wilson both suspected it was Stewart. Stacy Wilson told police Stewart had given her a set of earrings as a gift and had demanded their return.

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The officer wrote in his report there were no other signs someone tampered with or forced the door. The officer also wrote that he did not contact Stewart about the broken key. The case was closed.

The episode made Stacy Wilson afraid of Stewart, her brother said. So she "dropped the dime on him about his pot growing operation," James Wilson said.

An Ogden police report says the tip came in five days after the broken key incident.

Stacy Wilson "stated that she has personally seen a hydroponics grow in [Stewart’s] basement," a police report says. "She stated that it produces approximately 12-15 marijuana plants. [Stewart] then keeps the the [sic] marijuana in a freezer. He also sells some."

Stacy Wilson also tried to supply police with evidence, her brother said.

"She was asking me to go and try to buy something from him," James Wilson said. "I don’t do that sort of thing."

James Wilson doesn’t know if police asked his sister to find an undercover buyer or if she was acting on her own.

Shortly before 9 p.m. on Jan. 4, James Wilson said, he was driving to work when he saw police cars "flying" past him at Washington Boulevard. Wilson continued to his job and worked for a while.


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Then he saw his sister crying.

"She pulled up the story [on a news website] and saw the address and was like, ‘Yep, that’s Matt’s place.’ "

Court documents have said Stewart failed to answer the door when the strike force knocked and announced themselves. It was while officers searched the house that Stewart jumped out of a hiding spot and began shooting, court documents say.

Stewart has told The Tribune he was asleep, did not hear the officers announce themselves and thought people had broken into his home to rob him.

James Wilson said he lays blame for the shooting on both Stewart and the police.

"One of the dumbest reasons to have a shooting over is a damn plant," he said.

ncarlisle@sltrib.com

Twitter: @natecarlisle



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