Prosecutors in Utah County have charged an American Fork man with murder for killing his 5-month-old son.
Joshua Petersen, 21, now faces one first-degree felony aggravated murder charge for the April 5 slaying of Ryker Petersen. The charge was filed Friday 4th District Court and carries a maximum potential sentence of death. The severe charge and potential penalty resulted because the victim was a child, according to court documents.
Police say Petersen shot his son Ryker in the head with a .22 caliber rifle then tried to turn the gun on himself. A family member reportedly intervened before he was able to take his own life.