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Northern Utah man charged with shooting, killing friend over money dispute

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The 2nd District Court is pictured in Ogden on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020.

Charges were filed Friday in this 2nd District Court in Ogden accusing Daniel Johnson, 48, of Roy, of murdering his friend, Steve Bailey, 38, also of Roy.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Criminal charges were filed Friday against a Roy man accused of fatally shooting his friend because of a dispute over money and then abandoning his body in a parking lot where it went unnoticed for days.

Daniel Johnson, 48, is charged in 2nd District Court with murder, a first-degree felony; obstructing justice, a second-degree felony; plus abuse or desecration of a body and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, both third-degree felonies.

Johnson is accused of shooting Steve Bailey, 38, of Roy, on Saturday while both were at Johnson’s house.

“Investigation showed that (Johnson) and victim were friends. They got into an argument over money and (Johnson) shot the victim in the head and then removed and concealed the victim’s body and attempted to destroy or conceal other evidence of the crime,” according to a motion for Johnson to be held in the Weber County Jail without bail.

Johnson put his friend’s body in Bailey’s car, drove it to a parking lot in the 3200 block of Orchard Avenue, “and concealed it in an obscure place,” a police affidavit states. “Johnson never contacted the police nor did he seek medical attention for the victim. Johnson is a drug user who was in possession of a firearm.”

Bailey’s body wasn’t discovered until Tuesday when a passerby found him in the car.

Police noted that not only did Johnson fail to report the death of his friend, but he also gave investigators false information, according to charging documents.

Prosecutors have requested Johnson be held without bail.