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10 slayings not ‘criminal homicides’

Self-defense, other motives given in deaths

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Ten others died violently in Utah in 2001, but their actions are not recognized as "criminal homicide" by the state.

The Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification defines homicide as the "the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another." The Deseret News tallied first-degree felony homicides in its annual report. Manslaughter or negligent homicides are second-degree felonies and were not included in the Deseret News total.

1. SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 1 — Robert Adam Howard, 21, was shot and killed by two Salt Lake police officers during a 2:30 a.m. traffic stop at 280 W. 500 South. Police pulled over Howard for running a red light. Howard pulled over, then pulled forward, then stopped again. Police noticed a commotion inside the vehicle.

Howard's aunt said the struggle was Howard's sister, Melissa Howard, trying to take the keys from her brother so he couldn't drive off. Howard was wanted on a $2,500 warrant for misdemeanor offenses and didn't want to go back to jail, his aunt said.

Police say Robert Howard did not respond to commands to exit his car and eventually put the car in reverse, trying to run over the officers. Howard's car slammed into a police car and the officers fired several rounds at Howard. He died at the scene. Method: shooting.

2. SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 13 — Garrett Ross, 23, was shot sometime after 2 a.m. Ryan Claypool, 22, was charged with manslaughter, a second-degree felony, in connection with the shooting. Charges state Claypool admitted to pointing a gun at Ross about 2 a.m. at 1834 W. Independence Blvd. (1475 North). Ross said the gun went off accidentally, according to police. Ross died shortly after police arrived on scene, Hill said. Method: shooting.

3. SALT LAKE CITY, May 5 — Edgar Hernandez, 18, was shot and killed by police during a struggle in the hallway of an apartment complex, 731 S. 300 East. Police were serving an arrest warrant on Hernandez. Method: shooting.

4. MURRAY, May 7 — Glen Snyder, 35, was shot to death by his former girlfriend at 4425 S. Fairbourne Ave. The District Attorney's Office ruled the shooting was justifiable and did not file charges. It ruled a woman was protecting her home as Snyder broke the front door off its hinges and put a hole in the front window.

5. LOGAN, May 14 — The body of Trisha Ann Autry, 15, missing since June 24, 2000, was found buried 10 feet underground in a wildlife reserve in Cache County. Autry was originally listed as a missing person, but the case turned into a homicide investigation after her body was found. Method: unknown.

6. OGDEN, Aug. 4 — John Borden, 37, was shot following a party in the 600 block of Patterson Street. The 34-year-old gunman and Borden apparently knew each other. Prosecutors eventually ruled this was a justifiable shooting done in self-defense.

7. WASHINGTON TERRACE, Sept. 2 — Boyd White, 38, was shot and killed by Washington Terrace police officer Wade Follum responding to a domestic dispute. The victim approached the officer with two hunting knives in a threatening manner and refused to put the weapons down when ordered. Follum had been on the force 15 months. It was the first fatal officer-involved shooting in the city's history.

8. CLEARFIELD, Sept. 22 — Michael O. Sabella, 18, was shot and killed while inside a house in the area of 500 West and 2300 South. Seger Parker, 19, was charged with manslaughter.

9. WEST JORDAN, Oct. 20 — Joseph Jimenez, 50, was shot and killed in his house about 11 p.m. Lannette Smith, 36, was arrested for negligent homicide/manslaughter. Smith was Jimenez's live-in girlfriend. The two reportedly had a long history of domestic problems.

10. OGDEN, Dec. 26 — The body of Gary McNabb, 41, was found in a transient camp in the woods near 3500 South and the Weber River. His death is considered suspicious, but hadn't been ruled a homicide as of Dec. 28, police said. Due to the injuries on his face, investigators believe McNabb had been in some type of fight. Method: assault.