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SLAIN MAN IN SANDY IS IDENTIFIED; SHOOTING NO ACCIDENT, POLICE SAY

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Detectives identified the man shot to death in his mobile home Friday as James Robinson, 32.

But investigators still aren't sure if he killed himself or was shot by someone else. They no longer believe the shooting was accidental, however.Robinson, originally from Florida, was living in a mobile home near 10100 S. State and worked as a caretaker/night watchman for a nearby mortuary and cemetery. He was shot once in the head about 2 a.m. while in the living room of his home and died minutes later at Alta View Hospital.

A 32-year-old man was staying with Robinson that night, and he called 911 following the shooting. Officers arrived and questioned him about what had happened. "He was intoxicated and his story kept changing somewhat," said detective Hal Cutler.

A .38 caliber handgun was recovered from the trailer. Cutler said at least five shots had been fired inside the mobile home, but he believes only one shot had been aimed at Robinson.

"It's been alleged it was a suicide, Russian roulette kind of thing," the detective said. However, he said that theory has not been verified and investigators are not ready to rule out the possibility of a homicide.

"We're still investigating all of the possibilities," Cutler said. "I don't want people to think there's some mad killer out there shooting people in trailers. That's not true at all."

Christopher Mallen, 32, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of discharging a firearm and intoxication. He allegedly threatened officers on the way to the jail, and jailers said he was uncooperative.