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South Salt Lake man arrested in West Valley weekend slaying

Frank Madrid
Frank Madrid

West Valley police have made an arrest in connection with a weekend slaying.

Frank Madrid, 37, was arrested at his home in South Salt Lake Tuesday afternoon and was being booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Tuesday night for investigation of homicide.

He was charged with first-degree felony criminal homicide and second-degree felonies obstruction of justice and illegal possession of a firearm in 3rd District Court Tuesday.

Police believe Madrid shot and killed Louis Paul Miera, 37, sometime over the weekend. Miera's body was found in the passenger seat of an abandoned car at about 10 a.m. Sunday near 1400 West and 4300 South.

But investigators believe the shooting actually occurred outside a residence near 2650 W. 3360 South, said West Valley Police Capt. Tom McLachlan. Miera was parked in front of the residence, in the driver's seat, when he was shot and killed by Madrid, McLachlan said.

Detectives believe Madrid then put Miera in the passenger seat and drove to the Taylorsville address at which the car was found.

The killing may have been part of a robbery attempt, according to documents filed in court on Tuesday. A witness has told police that he saw Madrid and Miera leaving a group of men in West Valley City Saturday night. Next, after hearing Madrid mention robbery, the witness watched the slaying, he said.

After Miera was shot, the witness saw Madrid move the body, then drive away. The witness has requested anonymity because he fears for his life, according to the court filing.

Madrid has an extensive criminal history dating back more than 10 years, including arrests for assault, aggravated robbery and theft, according to court records.

If convicted on the charges filed Tuesday, he could face life in prison. He is being held on $1 million bail.