According to the man's autopsy, he died of blunt force trauma and strangulation. His roommate was considered a person of interest in the crime but wasn't arrested until recently. The younger roommate, who is now facing a first-degree felony murder charge, says that he didn't kill his 53-year-old roommate. He says that he doesn't know what happened to the man and that there wasn't any dispute between them.
A friend of the two men says that they were fighting while going to Sonic. A friend of the man accused of murder says that he was told of a fight between the two men the night before the older man's body was found.
When police responded to the scene of the murder, they found a big mess. Food from Sonic was spilled, and the living room in which the body was found showed signs of a struggle. The forensic analysis of the evidence shows that the accused man's DNA was under the deceased man's nails. The deceased man's blood was found on the shirt the accused man was wearing. The arrest warrant was issued when the final reports from that evidence were received.
Almost a year after the death of his roommate, this man has to face the criminal justice system on this serious criminal charge. Understanding his legal options is a vital part of preparing his criminal defense against this charge.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah man charged with murdering his former roommate" Erin Alberty And Jessica Miller, May. 22, 2014