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Search warrants offer new details about Utah triple homicide

Published April 12, 2013 5:42 pm

Crime • David Fresques allegedly went room to room shooting victims; one woman survived.
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Vickie Meyers was still in bed when she heard a car pull up to the house and someone knock on the door.

Moments later, a man opened her bedroom door and asked if she was OK. She said yes, got out of bed, and that's when — as she told police — the man shot her.

Search warrants obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune on Friday reveal new details about a Feb. 12 triple homicide at 8286 S. Adams St. in Midvale, in which David Fresques allegedly went room to room killing people. Meyers was the only shooting victim to survive.

With a bullet wound in her shoulder, Meyers fell to the floor and played dead, according to the warrants, which were filed in 3rd District Court. The shooter — whom she later identified as Fresques — walked out of the room. As she lay on the floor, she heard more gunshots.

Police arrived at the house and found the bodies of Danielle Lucero, 26, Omar Jarman, 35, and Shontay Young, 34.

Meyers didn't know Fresques. But the man who let him in did.

Fresques had been to the Midvale home in January, according to the warrants.

Jose Fernando Garcia, 38, who lives there, told police that on the morning of the shootings, he answered the door and let Fresques, whom Garcia knew by the moniker "Twisted," into the house. Fresques asked Garcia if it was OK if some of his buddies came in, too, and Garcia said yes before going to the bathroom, the warrants add.

Garcia told police that he came back to the living room and saw a man he didn't know sitting with Fresques. Garcia's wife, Esther, came running up from their bedroom and locked herself in a bathroom — a Polynesian male with a knife had been following her, Garcia told police. That's when Garcia noticed Fresques had a gun.

" 'Twisted' told him to chill out," the warrant states.

While Garcia was confronting the Polynesian male, he heard gunshots and saw Fresques and the stranger flee the house.

Police later found Jarman and Young in the living room with gunshot wounds in their necks, according to the warrants. Lucero, who had been in an upstairs bedroom, had been shot in the back.

Murder charges filed against Fresques say that he shot Jarman and Young first, then went upstairs and shot Lucero and Meyers.

Metro Gang Unit Sgt. Lex Bell said Wednesday at the annual Utah gang conference that the triple homicide was born of a violent feud between sets of the Barrio Small Town and La Primera gangs in Midvale.

Police nabbed Fresques on Feb. 13 after a pickup truck he was driving hit a parked car near 3700 South and 300 East in South Salt Lake. Davis Fotu, 33, was arrested March 10 after police found him at an East Millcreek apartment during an unrelated probation check on another man. Fotu was charged with obstruction of justice for giving Fresques the truck, according to charges.

Jose Garcia was arrested for obstruction of justice, though he has not been formally charged.

Fresques faces three counts of aggravated murder, which carries the potential for the death penalty, and one count of first-degree felony attempted aggravated murder. He next appears in court April 25 for a scheduling conference.

Fotu has a scheduling conference April 22 for his second-degree-felony charge. He could serve up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Neither man has entered a plea.

A motive for the shootings has yet to come to light.


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