A 28-year-old Magna man has been charged with the shooting death of a man in Murray that was apparently gang-related.
Jonas Rodriguez Perez was charged last week in 3rd District Court with first-degree murder for the slaying of Alvert John Mike, 21.
According to charging documents, Perez began fighting with Mike at a party near 6600 South 630 West in the early morning hours of May 19.
The party included a group of Sureños gang members. Mike, who arrived as part of a group of Norteños gang members, began throwing gang signs and arguing with Perez, a known Sureños associate, according to charges. When the conflict escalated, Perez chased Mike down the street and shot him, fleeing the scene before police arrived, charges state.
Perez, who was arrested in Magna later that day, also is charged with second-degree felony counts of discharge of a firearm and possession of a dangerous weapon. A scheduling hearing is set for July 2 before Judge Robin Reese.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement state that Perez was deported in 2010 and is currently in the country illegally. Utah court records show two past traffic citations and a 2010 fugitive warrant alleging Perez was wanted in San Diego for a drunk-driving case involving injury.
Porfirio Perez Saligan, 23, allegedly told detectives he was the getaway driver for Perez after the shooting. He has been charged with second-degree felony obstruction of justice
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