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Man Charged with Two Murders Faces New Charges

Man Charged with Two Murders Faces New Charges

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Sandra Yi ReportingA man charged in two murders is now a suspect in another violent crime.

Police say the suspect is a dangerous man. The charges against him keep adding up. The latest is attempted murder for a retaliation shooting.

On May 18th, a prank among three friends driving along 700 East almost had fatal consequences. They were throwing water balloons out of their car, when someone pulled up behind them and fired multiple rounds. A 19-year-old girl was shot in the head, but survived.

Salt Lake City police detective Jared Wihongi said, "We didn't have a lot to go on, just the color of a vehicle."

It's taken three months but police believe they've found the shooter, and it's someone they know, 18-year-old Samuel Krokaugger.

"We gathered enough evidence that we felt that was strong enough to actually get charges filed against him," Det. Wihongi said.

Charging documents say Krokaugger was at a party when he was almost hit by a water balloon. Immediately, he jumped in his car and drove away. Prosecutors say a witness later told police, he heard Krokaugger tell his friends that he had shot a girl after she threw a water balloon at him.

Det. Wihongi said, "He has no regard for life or health of other people and obviously won't hesitate to take another's life."

Police say Krokaugger's history reflects that. He has been charged in the June death of 17-year-old Freddy Trujillo. Trujillo was riding in the backseat of a car with friends when he was shot in the head.

When Krokaugger and another suspect in the crime appeared in court to face murder charges, the victim's family gathered outside the courthouse, holding posters, urging for justice in the case.

The mother of Aaron Wheelwright also wants justice. Wheelwright was shot to death in June and Krokaugger is the suspected triggerman.

His mother, Angela Brainich said, "Samuel Krokaugger can only be described as pure evil. He needs to be held accountable for each and every crime."

Det. Wihongi said, "This is a dangerous individual. We're glad he's been off the street for a number of weeks now."

Krokaugger is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail on $1 million bail.

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