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3 charged in shooting death of West Jordan teen

Three people were charged with murder on Friday in connection with the shooting death of a West Jordan teen at his house.

Three people were charged with murder on Friday in connection with the shooting death of a West Jordan teen at his house. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)



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WEST JORDAN — Three people accused of participating in the shooting death of a West Jordan teen at his home were criminally charged on Friday.

Cody Elijah Ivory, 19, of West Jordan; Wilbur Allen Kerney III, 19, of Salt Lake City; and Sailor Tenley Noel, 19, of Taylorsville, were each charged in 3rd District Court with murder and aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies; and obstructing justice, a second-degree felony.

Ivory received an additional charge of possession of a weapon by a restricted person, a second-degree felony.

On Oct. 4, West Jordan police were called to 3517 W. 8245 South on a report of a shooting. Officers arrived to find Jacob Jeremy Hansen, 17, on the ground with a gunshot wound to his chest, according to police. A gun and three shell casings were found in the doorway near him, charging documents state. Hansen was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Prior to the shooting, investigators learned that Ivory was seen in a church parking lot "acting erratic," the charges state. He was flashing a gun and stating he wanted to rob Hansen, according to the charges. A witness later told police that he sent Hansen a message "warning him that Ivory was threatening to rob him," the charges state.

Detectives began collecting evidence after the shooting and found a surveillance video from across the street that recorded three men walk up to the residence, according to the charges. Two went to the front door and a third to the back. A short time later, the men are seen running away from the house, according to the charges.

Police believe the three men went to Hansen's house under the guise of wanting to buy drugs so they could rob him.

After his arrest, Ivory told police that he was picked up at a local high school by the two co-defendants and they drove to Hansen's house. Ivory went to the front door and told Hansen he was sent by another person to get drugs, the charges state.

"(Hansen) told him to leave and attempted to close the door. Ivory stopped the door with his arm and (Hansen) shot at him. Ivory stated that he stumbled back and drew his gun and fired back," according to the charges.

Before he was arrested, Ivory allegedly called his girlfriend crying that "his life was over," according to a police booking affidavit.

"(Ivory's) girlfriend said (he) told her, 'I killed someone.' The ... girlfriend said she was shocked by his statement, and she didn't know what she should do. (She) said, while she was with him, (Ivory) also called his sister and told her that he shot someone," the affidavit states.

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