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Driver charged with murder after allegedly running over pedestrian in parking lot in southern Utah

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CEDAR CITY — Cedar City police have arrested a man wanted for allegedly hitting and killing a man in the parking lot of Home Depot.

Jacob Wayne Schmidt, 25, was booked into the Iron County Jail Wednesday. Thursday, he was formally charged in 5th District Court with murder, a first-degree felony. He also has a no-bail warrant out of Henderson, Nevada, for failing to show up for court on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted larceny.

About 7 p.m. on Monday, a 37-year-old Cedar City man was struck in the parking lot of Home Depot, 1518 S. Providence Center Drive, by a gray or silver older model Dodge Stratus, according to Cedar City police.

“Witnesses described the Dodge Stratus as driving toward the victim while a female witness was walking with him and nearly hitting them and then the Dodge Stratus turning around and then hitting and running over the victim as he was trying to run away,” according to a police affidavit.

“It is believed that the suspect intentionally struck the victim,” police said in a prepared statement.

On Tuesday, police located the vehicle in the area of 5100 West 100 South in Cedar City, parked in “some tall grass down a dirt path behind a tree,” the affidavit states. Detectives then received a call from Schmidt’s employer who “stated that Jacob had recently had some problems with the victim and knew Jacob was upset with the victim,” according to the affidavit.

On Wednesday, Schmidt’s father called police to tell them the family “had received a voice message from Jacob in the middle of the night where Jacob said in the message that he had to get rid of his car, he had an accident and that it wasn’t known if it was Jacob that did it,” the affidavit states.

The father said “the message was concerning enough that he called Jacob to ask him what had happened,” according to the affidavit.

Schmidt told his father that “he had an argument with the victim and that the victim had beat Jacob up. Jacob told his father someone told him to just take the victim out, and from what Jacob’s father understood Jacob ran the person over,” the affidavit states.

The employer told police that according to Schmidt, “Jacob said he hit the victim with the car and crushed his chest. Jacob said the victim had not come through on a deal, Jacob heard the victim was in the area of Walmart, and Jacob went there to confront the victim and was going to beat the victim up. Jacob told his employer the victim started to get smart, so Jacob hit him with the car,” according to the affidavit.

When police interviewed Schmidt, he denied running the man over, the affidavit states.

Police had not released the identity of the victim as of Thursday.