Criminal charges were filed Wednesday against two men accused of abducting, beating and later killing Jacinto Delgado-Romero last weekend.
Carlos Martinez Sanchez, 26, and a man identified only as Sergio Doe, age unknown, face counts of murder and aggravated kidnapping - both first-degree felonies. The charges include "gang enhancement" penalties because the crimes were committed in concert with two or more people.Police were still searching Thursday for Doe, according to a Salt Lake police spokeswoman.
Juan Garcia, 16, was also arrested for investigation of aggravated kidnapping.
Delgado-Romero, age unknown, was abducted Saturday night in downtown Salt Lake City by a group of males who were told by Sergio Doe that the victim "narked or spied on Sergio's sales of drugs," according to 3rd Circuit Court charges.
The men brought Delgado-Romero to a house at 322 Emery (1170 West) where he was forced into a bedroom and severely beaten then shot once in the pelvic area, said court documents. Delgado-Romero then apparently ran from the home and staggered to a neighbor's back porch, where he died.
Police later searched the house and found a gun, ammunition and blood on the walls and on Sanchez's shoes.
Authorities likely will not pursue the death penalty because evidence suggests the gun may have gone off accidentally during "pistol-whipping" of Delgado-Romero. Prosecutors could still file a capitol murder charge if the investigation reveals the slaying was planned, according to Deputy Salt Lake County Attorney Greg Skordas.
Sanchez is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail on $100,000 bail. Garcia remains in juvenile detention.