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Toquerville teen charged with neighbor’s death

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Joshua David Canfield, 17, was arrested for investigation of murder in the death of a Toquerville woman who lived in his neighborhood, March 19, 2014.

Joshua David Canfield, 17, was arrested for investigation of murder in the death of a Toquerville woman who lived in his neighborhood, March 19, 2014.

Washington County Sheriff

ST. GEORGE — A Toquerville teenager accused of killing his neighbor now faces a dozen charges.

Nine felonies and three misdemeanors were filed Tuesday in St. George's 5th District Court against Joshua Daniel Canfield, who turns 18 on Friday.

Charges against Canfield ranged from murder and aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies, to several counts of theft, obstruction of justice, aggravated assault, and two counts of assault on police officers.

He was expected to make a brief court appearance Tuesday afternoon. Bail was set at $500,000.

Canfield is accused of killing 58-year-old Geraldine Bommarito in her Toquerville home on March 19. Investigators believe he also burglarized a second home, taking guns and a coin collection.

Neighbors said Canfield lived in a camp trailer outside his parents' home and just down the street from Bommarito.

He was arrested several hours after the killing when police spotted him walking near Springdale. When he was taken into custody, police said Canfield was "belligerent and combative with officers upon initial contact." He was booked into jail Saturday.

In his booking mug shot, Canfield is wearing a neck brace and has what appears to be a puncture and slicing wound across his neck.

Washington County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jake Schultz said both injuries were self-inflicted and occurred at separate times. The injury that appears to be a cut or a slice happened before Canfield was taken to jail, according to jail officials, and was apparently the reason he was in the hospital for three days before he was booked into jail.

Within 10 minutes of arriving at the jail, however, Canfield committed an undisclosed act that sent him back to the hospital. He was rebooked into jail five hours later with the neck brace, Schultz said.

As of Tuesday, Canfield was being held in an observation cell and checked on every 15 minutes. He was also wearing a special Velcro gown "for his own protection," Schultz said. In other jails, the special gown is typically used to prevent inmates from turning their clothes into a noose.

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