A man accused of shooting another man in the face while he was standing outside the downtown Marriott Hotel pleaded not guilty Monday.
Mikell Bowes Sweezey, 36, pleaded not guilty to the charge of attempted murder, a second-degree felony. Third District Judge Michael Murphy set a trial date for April 7.Sweezey is charged with shooting Steve Matthews, 26, who was in Salt Lake City visiting his sister. He was standing outside the hotel with his 6-year-old son and others waiting for a ride when a man walked up to him and shot him.
The bullet entered Matthews' cheek and shattered the bone and sinus before lodging between his jugular vein and carotid artery. Surgeons decided it would be more dangerous to remove the .25-caliber bullet than to leave it in place.
Sweezey was stopped by hotel employees and later arrested by police. He told a security officer he shot the man because someone had wrecked his home. He told police he had been living in a tent behind the state Capitol for about a year. When asked if Matthews was the one who wrecked his home, Sweezey allegedly said he didn't know Matthews, he "just shot him," according to a police report.