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A suspect in a fatal weekend shooting in Cedar City has been arrested, along with his alleged getaway driver, in Grand Junction, Colo.
Cedar City police Sgt. Jimmy Roden said that Mark S. Mair, 27, sought in the Sunday shooting death of 34-year-old Justin Hanna, was arrested about 9 p.m. by Grand Junction police following up on tips that he was hiding on a home in the western Colorado city.
Also arrested was 19-year-old Elcha Hatch, allegedly seen driving a tan-colored, older model Ford Taurus in which Mair allegedly made his escape after the shooting, about 6:40 a.m. Sunday inside a home at 515 N. 400 West in Cedar City.
Roden said police, after finding Hanna unresponsive inside the house, attempted to revive him, but he died at the scene.
Officers traced Mair to a Cedar City motel, and later to a residence in neighboring Panguitch, but he was not at either location. CPD then issued an "attempt to locate" to all law enforcement agencies along Interstate 70.
The suspects' vehicle was located Monday night near Green River, Utah, along with Hatch's mother, 45-year-old Michelle Partridge, and a Mair acquaintance, Robert Schexnayder, 48. Both allegedly complicit in Mair's flight were arrested and were being held in the Emery County jail on felony obstruction of justice warrants, Roden said.
Mair and Hatch, meanwhile, remained in the Mesa County, Colo., jail Tuesday, Mair was being held on Utah warrants for aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, and seven counts of felony discharge of a firearm; Hatch was being held on a warrant for felony obstruction of justice.
"Investigators are continuing to interview witnesses and process evidence. The motive for the murder is still under investigation," Roden said Tuesday.
Extradition of Mair and Hatch to Utah was expected, but it was not immediately certain when that would occur.
Mair is charged in 5th District Court with first-degree felony counts of murder and aggravated burglary and seven third-degree felony counts of felony discharge o a firearm.
According to the charges, Hanna was found just inside his residence's front door, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
A woman living at the home told police that she had been in bed with Hanna when Mair pushed a fan loose from the bedroom window, leaned in and opened fire, charges state.
Police later found seven .40-caliber handgun shell casings at the scene. Hanna, according to the witness, was able to stumble into the front room before collapsing from his wounds.
An autopsy showed that Hanna was struck by three bullets.