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2nd man charged in fatal Salt Lake convenience store confrontation

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Jul 17th, 2019 @ 12:46pm



SALT LAKE CITY — A second man has been charged in connection with a fatal confrontation outside a Salt Lake convenience store earlier this month.

Esyas M. Maku, 19, of West Valley City, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with riot, a third-degree felony.

His charge comes on the heels of a murder charge filed against Tukka Gonne, 21, for allegedly stabbing 40-year-old Joseph "Joey" Allen.

On July 3, Allen was working at Maverik, 1270 S. Main. Another man was also in the store visiting him.

Two men entered the store "and were causing problems," according to charging documents. Allen asked the men to leave or he would call police. The men left, but then returned with two more males, according to the charges.

Allen and his friend again asked the group to leave the property. The friend, who was holding a metal pipe, threw the pipe at the other group, according to the charges.

"Maku is seen on surveillance video hitting both (the friend) and Allen with the metal pipe as his three other companions hit and stabbed (the friend) and Allen," the charges state

Allen was pronounced dead at the scene. The other man was taken to a local hospital with multiple stab wounds but survived.

Salt Lake police used a K-9 to track down the four men and arrest them.

Gonne is the only person from the group who has been charged with murder.

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