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Utah triple-murder suspect ordered to stand trial
Courts » David Fresques, 26, could face the death penalty.


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Arredondo said she crouched in the bathtub, in fear for her life, until the shooting ceased.

When she finally left the room, she found Jarman slumped and not breathing on a turquoise chair in the living room. Young was lying facedown in a pool of her own blood next to a chair in which she had been sleeping. Lucero was lying atop blood-stained sheets in an upstairs bedroom, dead from two gunshots.

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Nicole Brass, who used to live in the home at 8286 S. Adams St. (450 West), testified that drug deals were a frequent occurrence and drew a constant parade of people in and out of the house.

Just weeks before the shooting, the house had been raided by law enforcement, according to testimony. The front door had been broken and could no longer be used.

Fresques had met Young before at the home. On the morning of the shootings, Feb. 12, Fresques arrived with Jarman and Fotu and a woman named Rayna Curtis.

It was not clear whether Fresques knew Lucero or Vickie Myers, the woman who lived through the shootings.

The picture throughout the preliminary hearing was one of petty grudges: Fres​ques, it seemed, thought Jarman was a snitch, and Fresques didn’t like Young, witnesses said, because she was black.

A firearms expert testified Friday that the shooter used a .9mm Makarov handgun, and of the six shell casings recovered from the scene, five appeared to come from the same weapon. The sixth casing was the same caliber and type, but did not contain markings that would distinguish its origin clearly enough to point to the murder weapon, said Justin Becharer.

Fotu, who was with Fresques that day despite having just met him just the night before, pleaded guilty in October to second-degree obstruction of justice in this case.

Since his plea deal was contingent on his cooperation in the preliminary hearing against Fresques, he will be sentenced later this month.


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