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Not all deaths were homicide

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These deaths in 2002 did not fit the definition of criminal homicide. Most of the incidents were determined to be self-defense.

1. WOODS CROSS, Jan. 18 — Russell Lynn Stewart, 31, was shot and killed by a Woods Cross police officer. Stewart ran from officers after they responded to a domestic violence call. Police said Stewart was shot after charging an officer.

2. SALT LAKE COUNTY, Jan. 24 — Terry Louis Johnson was arrested in Missouri and charged with homicide for the 1993 death of 14-year-old Chris Mosier. DNA evidence helped solve the case. Mosier's slaying was counted in 1993 homicide statistics.

3. MIDVALE, Jan. 31 — Danny Newman, 22, was shot and killed by a Salt Lake County sheriff's deputy in a hotel room. Newman and his fiance, Rachel Thomas, 19, were wanted in connection with a string of armed robberies at local Subway stores. Newman was armed with a 9 mm handgun when officers entered his hotel room. He pointed his weapon at a police officer and was shot.

4. TOOELE, Feb. 23 — The body of a missing Copperton resident, Chong Suk Allen, was found by rabbit hunters in a remote area off I-80 between Tooele and Wendover. She died from multiple stab wounds. She was reported missing Dec. 6. On May 1, authorities arrested Seong Cheol Chung, 46, Salt Lake County, in connection to the crime. The homicide was added to 2001 statistics.

5. SOUTH SALT LAKE, April 7 — Tony Saliba, 20, was shot seven times and killed by a man he had just shot. Christopher Barber, 27, was shot in the back during a party. He turned around and fired at Saliba, killing him. The Salt Lake District Attorney's Office ruled Barber was acting in self-defense because he was shot first. Saliba's family rallied in front of the district attorney's office in May, demanding that charges be filed against Barber. They claim Saliba was only trying to help his sister who was being attacked at the party.

6. PROVO, Aug. 11 — Scott Biswell, 31, a local leader of a white supremacist group, and his girlfriend, Kortni Grimm, 23, were shot and killed in a motel room by a SWAT team serving an arrest warrant on Biswell. The couple were in bed when SWAT members charged in. Biswell pointed a gun at the officers, and fearing for their safety, they opened fire. Both Biswell and Grimm had extensive criminal records.

7. SOUTH JORDAN, Oct. 14 — Seferino Rodriguez, 50, was shot twice in the chest and killed by his wife, Monica Jarvis, at her home near 9600 South and 3000 West. The Salt Lake District Attorney's Office, however, ruled the shooting was in self-defense and declined to file charges. The couple was reportedly separated and had been having marital problems. Rodriquez had threatened Jarvis, 42, with bodily harm and even death when he showed up at her home to argue about their impending divorce.