A Salt Lake man who witnesses say walked into a tavern, set down a revolver and told bartenders to call police because he had just shot his girlfriend has been ordered to stand trial.
At a 3rd Circuit Court preliminary hearing, Judge Michael Hutchings was told that Craig Frederickson drank a beer while waiting for officers to arrest him at Willy's Lounge on Aug. 5."I'm the one who did it," he told officer Stuart Johnson. "I'm sorry to ruin your afternoon."
Hutchings ordered Frederickson to stand trial for murder, a first degree felony, in the death of Debra Clifford, 42. If convicted, Frederickson, 41, could be sentenced to life in prison.
Frederickson allegedly chuckled through his interview with detective James Alcock as he described how he cradled Clifford's head against his shoulder as he pressed his .38-caliber revolver against her skull.
The couple had been drinking in bars near their home when they began quarreling over Clifford's deceased husband, Alcock testified. Drunk and upset, Clifford went home to their apartment near Willy's.
Frederickson went to check on her and found furniture had been thrown through their front window. Frederickson said that Clifford was tossing things about the home, the detective recalled.
"She had recently gotten her husband's ashes," Alcock testified. "This rehashes a lot of old memories for her. She indicates she wants to be with her husband."
Frederickson confessed that when Clifford talked about suicide, he put the gun to her head and pulled the trigger, Alcock said Thursday.