Three Utah men are facing murder charges in connection with the killing of a Sandy man.
According to a probable cause statement, the killing took place on Thursday. Sandy police said witnesses told them that Hakop Jack Keshishian, 20, of Sandy “said that he wanted to kill the victim because he was running his mouth about” him.
Police identified the victim as Chance Eggett, 21, of Sandy.
Keshishian; Wyatt J William Smelser, 20, of Salt Lake City; and Izaiah Lee Kirkpatrick, 20, of Draper allegedly met and “planned the murder.”
According to the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office, Smelser told officers “the plan was to lure the victim to go shooting and shoot the victim.” Smelser said he suggested an area 2½ miles south of mile marker 6 on Faust Road “as a good location to kill the victim.”
Smelser said Kirkpatrick “shot the victim with a .45”; that he “watched the victim collapse and could see blood coming from the victim’s head”; and that Kirkpatrick dragged Eggett’s body “into some bushes.”
According to the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office, Eggett “appears to have died from multiple gunshot wounds.”
Smelser led police to the victim’s body. Sandy police recovered “several weapons that they believe may have been used in the homicide” from Keshishian’s apartment.
Keshishian, Smelser and Kirkpatrick were each charged in 3rd District Court with murder, a first-degree felony. The three men were booked into the Tooele County jail, and bail was set at $1 million for each of them.