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Lawyers to sort through evidence in case of Utah teen charged with killing mom, 3 siblings

16-year-old Colin ‘CJ’ Haynie returns to court June 22

Pallbearers walks with the Milan Haynie’s casket during the funeral for four members of the Haynie family at the Grantsville Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Grantsville on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.
Pallbearers walk with Milan Haynie’s casket during the funeral for four members of the Haynie family at the Grantsville Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Grantsville on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

TOOELE — Attorneys for the 16-year-old Utah boy accused of shooting and killing his mother and three of his siblings in January are planning to sort through police interviews, photographs and other evidence this week, they said Monday.

During a brief hearing in Tooele’s 3rd District Court, Colin Jeffery “CJ” Haynie’s defense lawyer Richard Van Wagoner said he has yet to receive reports from the medical examiner and a digital forensics lab.

Van Wagoner said Haynie’s defense team will need the complete set of evidence in order to meet with their client and determine how to proceed in the case. Just before the Monday hearing, Grantsville police told prosecutors a new batch of evidence was available for pickup, said Gary Searle, the chief deputy Tooele county attorney.

Prosecutors allege the teenager fatally shot his mother and siblings as they returned home in stages on Jan. 17, a Friday. His father later arrived and was shot in the leg before he wrestled the handgun away from his son, charges say.

Haynie is charged as an adult with four counts of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, in the deaths of his mother, Consuelo Alejandra Haynie, 52; sisters Alexis Haynie, 15, and Milan Haynie, 12; and brother Matthew Haynie, 14.

The teenager is being held in a juvenile detention center on $4 million bail and faces an additional charge of attempted aggravated murder and five counts of discharge of a firearm, all first-degree felonies. If convicted, he faces at least 25 years in prison.

In the Monday hearing held over video, a shackled CJ Haynie wore close-cropped hair and spoke only to confirm he was present and could hear. His father Colin Haynie also tuned in remotely.

The teenager is due back in court June 22 for another status conference.