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Man Faces Murder Charges for Drive-by Shooting

Man Faces Murder Charges for Drive-by Shooting

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An 18-year-old man whom police say has a violent history has been charged with a first-degree felony murder charge in connection with a Salt Lake County homicide.

Samuel Paul Krokaugger was charged Friday in 3rd District Court for allegedly killing 17-year-old Luis A. Trujillo on June 24.

Trujillo was a passenger in a car on Interstate 15 when he suffered multiple gunshot wounds -- including one to the head -- by a gunman in another vehicle.

If convicted on the murder charge, Krokaugger could face the death penalty and become Utah's youngest death row inmate.

In addition to the murder charge prosecutors filed one second-degree felony count of possession of a dangerous weapon and two third-degree felony counts of discharging a weapon from a vehicle.

"He is dangerous," said South Salt Lake Police Capt. Tracy Tingey.

South Salt Lake police have questioned Krokaugger about the June 29 shooting death of Aaron Wheelwright at an apartment complex.

Prosecutors have also filed weapons and other charges against Krokaugger for a Salt Lake City drive-by shooting that same day that left one man with a gunshot wound to his hip.


Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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