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Homicide suspect blabbed to others, police say

Thomas J. Soules
Thomas J. Soules

A man investigators say stabbed another man to death in a church parking lot last month was finally captured because police say he couldn't keep his mouth shut.

Thomas J. Soules, 19, was charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court with homicide and aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies, and obstructing justice, a second-degree felony. He is accused of stabbing 42-year-old David Farrimond Sept. 8 during a robbery in the parking lot of an LDS Church meetinghouse at 4311 W. 5740 South.

Soules was scheduled to make his first court appearance on the homicide charge Thursday.

Farrimond had been at a party with friends and left earlier than the rest to find a chair leg. Earlier in the day, he had found a discarded chair with a missing leg and was intent on finding the fourth leg, according to friends.

About 2:25 a.m., other people who were at the party found Farrimond's body. Investigators said he had found the chair leg he was looking for and was on his way home when he was confronted by Soules. Soules asked Farrimond for money, according to court documents.

"When Mr. Farrimond emptied his pockets, Soules stated he stabbed Mr. Farrimond once in the heart," according to court documents.

Friends of Soules who saw him later in the evening said he was "visibly scared and sweaty, had blood on his hands, shirt and shoes and no longer had the knife he earlier carried," according to court documents.

The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday could not say why the robbery escalated into a stabbing, even though Farrimond apparently complied with all of Soules' orders.

About a week after the homicide, the sheriff's office put out a plea to the public for anyone with information to step forward. The break came when Soules apparently couldn't resist talking about what happened.

"It was a matter of the guy shooting his mouth off to others," said Sheriff's Lt. Paul Jaroscak.

Other people contacted the sheriff's office and pointed them in Soules' direction. Jaroscak said detectives already were investigating Soules in connection with the homicide when he was arrested in an unrelated incident in West Valley Oct. 8.

Soules was stopped by an employee of Granger High School in the men's restroom, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report. Soules is not a student at the school.

Soules was spotted with a black marker in his hand, and there was fresh gang graffiti on the bathroom wall, the report stated. Soules also had a folding knife in his pocket at the time. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of three misdemeanor charges related to the school incident. Deputies discovered he also had two warrants already out for his arrest for theft by receiving stolen property.

Soules has remained in jail since Oct. 8. The homicide charge filed Tuesday raises his bail to $1 million.