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St. George police seek clues in public’s help in slaying

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ST. GEORGE — Patrol officers were busy handing out fliers this morning asking the public for help in their investigation of a day-old slaying.

The 37-year-old man, whose body was found early Thursday morning by a co-worker, was identified as Ted Richard Banister of nearby Hurricane.

This is the second slaying in St. George in less than four months. Banister died from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso, police said.

Banister's body was discovered at 7 a.m. inside a maintenance building at the city-owned Southgate Golf Course on the corner of Tonaquint and Dixie Drive. The popular golf course is near several residential neighborhoods and businesses and is close to a freeway interchange.

Banister usually arrived to work between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., police said. His truck was found less than a quarter mile away in a field. Police combed the area for evidence but said they had few leads.

Banister, who was married, was employed by the city as a mechanic, and the maintenance shed was where he began his day, said Kent Perkins, St. George Leisure Services director.

"He was a good guy," Perkins said Thursday afternoon.

Banister had only worked for the city for a few years but in that time had earned two "distinguished" ratings on his job performance evaluations, Perkins added.

This is the second slaying Marlon Stratton has had to investigate since his appointment as chief of police a year ago. John Anderson, a local barber, was found dead Oct. 9 of last year. Claudio Mauricio Martinez was arrested in that case on a charge of aggravated murder, a capital offense, and aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. A preliminary hearing for Martinez has yet to be scheduled in 5th District Court.

E-MAIL: nperkins@redrock.net