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Trial tentatively cancelled in fatal bar shooting as prosecutors, defense work toward resolution

By Cody Blowers, St. George News | Posted - Sep. 5, 2019 at 8:27 a.m.

ST. GEORGE — Bronson Joseph Flynn, who is accused of shooting a man to death outside a bar in St. George, will not go to trial in October as originally planned. Attorneys on both sides of the case remain in active negotiations as the defendant waits in federal custody.

Flynn, 26, of Ivins, was charged with murder, two counts of aggravated assault, using a dangerous weapon during a fight, carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.

The charges stem from the Dec. 29 shooting incident reported at the One and Only bar on St. George Boulevard shortly after 1 a.m. Police arrived to find Spencer Maluafiti Tafua, 34, of St. George suffering from a gunshot wound. He was allegedly shot by Flynn during an altercation and was subsequently transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries hours later. Flynn was arrested and charged in connection with the shooting.

During Wednesday’s hearing held in 5th District Court, the five-day trial set to begin Oct. 7 was vacated by Judge G. Michael Westfall after Flynn’s defense attorney, Douglas Terry, told the court the defense was in “active negotiations” with prosecutors and that they are “still hoping we will not need to go to trial.”

Read the full article at St. George News.

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