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Gene Kennedy Reporting Court documents paint a horrifying picture of the night a 15-year-old girl was killed.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports Kara Hopkins' boyfriend ripped her clothes off at a party after he allegedly shot her in the head.
Witnesses say Hopkins was partying with several others at the Willow Cove apartments in West Jordan over the weekend.
Court documents say her boyfriend, 18-year-old Parley Dutson, pushed her against a wall and told her to have sex with him. When she resisted, witnesses say Dutson pulled out a black revolver and shot her in the back of the head.
Witnesses say Dutson then continued to remove Hopkins' clothes. When apartment security entered the unit, they say she was naked from the waist down and Dutson was in a sexual position with her.
An affidavit indicates Dutson told security he was intentionally trying to rape her.
The victim's mother tells Eyewitness News Dutson was high on hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana at the time. But a narcotics expert we talked with says mushrooms do not cause violent outbursts.
"A handful of mushrooms is not an excuse for pointing a gun at someone and pulling the trigger," retired narcotics officer Charles Illsley said.
After the shooting, Kara Hopkins was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Her boyfriend was booked on attempted murder charges. Hopkins later died. Now Dutson will likely be charged with murder.