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Ogden man charged in fatal stabbing

Robert Lee McCullar
Robert Lee McCullar
Weber County Jail

OGDEN — Weber County prosecutors have filed charges against an Ogden man in the December slaying of a man whose throat was slashed.

Robert Lee McCullar was charged Tuesday in 2nd District Court with murder, a first-degree felony, and possession of a weapon by a restricted person, a third-degree felony.

McCullar, 41, is accused of slashing the throat of Filiberto Robles Bedolla and stabbing him multiple times on Dec. 22.

Bedolla, who also used the names Gilberto Jesus-Robles and Jesus Sanchez, was found dead by his roommate in their apartment at 2650 Adams Ave. He was discovered lying face up on his bed, partially covered with a blanket, police said.

Ogden police declined to provide any details Tuesday about McCullar's arrest, referring all questions to Weber County Attorney Dee Smith.

Smith told the Deseret News that McCullar was identified as a "person of interest" by police early in the investigation. Officers had gathered sufficient evidence to arrest McCullar and, when they spotted him Monday, took him into custody without incident.

McCullar was armed with a knife at the time of his arrest, Smith said.

McCullar and Bedolla had acquaintances in common, according to Smith, who declined to identify a possible motive for the killing.

In addition to the murder charge, McCullar was also charged Tuesday in an unrelated case with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon by a restricted person, both third-degree felonies.

Smith said the charges stem from a Jan. 21 incident where McCullar threatened a female acquaintance with a knife. A knife was confiscated from McCullar following the incident.

McCullar has a lengthy criminal history, according to state court records, that includes felony and misdemeanor convictions for forgery, attempted assault by a prisoner, violation of a protective order, DUI, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged in 1999 with aggravated exploitation of a prostitute, a second-degree felony, and unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old, a third-degree felony. Court records show those charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement with Salt Lake County prosecutors.

McCullar is being held without bail in the Weber County Jail. He is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday.

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