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Teen charged with murder in January death of Salt Lake man

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Dec 2nd, 2019 @ 12:13pm


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SALT LAKE CITY — A 17-year-old Murray boy has been charged as an adult in connection with the fatal shooting of a Salt Lake man in January.

Alexander Steven Nain, who turned 17 on Friday, is the second juvenile and fourth person overall to be charged in connection with the killing of 26-year-old Mason Hunt on Jan. 12 at Mason’s Salt Lake home.

On Monday, Nain was charged with murder and four counts of aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies. Nain was also charged with obstructing justice, a second-degree felony.

Colton James Beed, 20, of West Valley City; Chase Anthony Chavira, 21; and Nathan Jesus Amaton, who was 16 at the time of the killing but is now 17, of South Salt Lake; are also each charged with murder.

The group is accused of breaking into a house at 359 N. Star Crest Drive (1840 West) to steal acid and weed from a known dealer, according to charging documents. The group believed the dealer was out of town and no one would be home, according to police.

A housemate was inside the house, however, and heard someone pounding on the door. She looked through a window and saw two males, one wearing a ski mask, police say.

The woman hid in a bathtub and tried to quietly call 911.

“When her call could not connect, (she) called Hunt,” the charges state.

The group initially left the house after not finding any drugs, according to charging documents, but then returned after circling the block to look again. While they were there the second time, Hunt returned to his house.

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Hunt grabbed one of the men and put him in a headlock. That’s when another man hit Hunt in the head with the butt of a rifle, “then put the rifle to the male’s chest and shot him once,” the charges state.

When police later searched Amaton’s home, they found a .22 rifle under his mattress and a stolen .357 caliber handgun in a box, according to the charges. The car the group drove was later found near Nain’s home, according to the charges.

Detectives extracted information from the suspects’ phones. In one conversation through Facebook Messenger, Amaton told Nain, “I didn’t think a .22 would do that to him,” the charges state. Nain responded, “They do damage.”

Bail for Nain was set at $1 million.

The next scheduled hearing for Beed, Chavira, and Amaton is Dec. 13.

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