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Two men accused of shooting two other men during a drug-related home invasion robbery at a Midvale apartment earlier this month leaving one victim dead and the other a paraplegic have been charged with murder and a handful of other felonies.
The alleged triggerman, Jonathan William Rodgers, 28, was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with one count of first-degree felony aggravated murder for the Sept. 3 death of 21-year-old Deondre Baldwin.
Rodgers also is charged with first-degree felony counts of aggravated attempted murder for shooting and wounding 20-year-old Brenner Larsen, whose spine was severed by the bullet and aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery.
Rodgers also is charged with second-degree felony counts of possession of a firearm by a restricted person (a convicted felon) and obstructing justice, as well as third-degree felony possession of forged writing.
Chris James Bailey, 35, is charged as an accomplice with first-degree felony counts of murder, felony discharge of a firearm with serious bodily injury, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, and third-degree felony counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a restricted person (a convicted felon who was on federal probation).
On Sept. 3 at about 9:45 a.m., the defendants entered an apartment at 189 W. Plum Tree Lane (6925 South), without permission, according to a probable cause statement filed with the Salt Lake County jail. They then allegedly demanded money and drugs from the two male victims and a female witness who was not injured.
The female told police that a man she later identified as Rodgers, entered the master bedroom and pointed a gun at her and Baldwin, charging documents state.
Rodgers ordered them into the living room, where a man later identified as Bailey had Larsen in a headlock. Bailey, who was holding a butane torch, threatened to tie up Larsen and burn him with the torch, charges state.
Both Rodgers and Bailey demanded drugs, then Rodgers shot both Larsen and Bailey.
The two defendants then fled, but were arrested the following week.
A backpack left in the apartment contained multiple ID cards bearing different names, but all had the same photo. Some credit cards in the backpack were issued to Rodgers, whose driver license photo matched those on the ID cards, charges state. Rodgers was arrested in Ogden.
Bailey was identified after police got a tip about a man with the nickname "Smoove" who was on federal probation, charges state. A federal probation officer identified Smoove as Bailey, who was arrested in the Rose park area.
An autopsy found that Baldwin died from a single gunshot to the chest.
In addition to Larsen's spinal injury, the gunshot injured his liver and vena cava, a large vein carrying deoxygenated blood to the heart.
Rodgers and Bailey have initial court appearances set for Friday. They are being held without bail at the Salt Lake County jail.
If convicted as charged, they each face up to life in prison. Prosecutors, however, could elect to seek the death penalty for Rodgers.