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Charges: Man fatally stabbed aunt's boyfriend, then wanted more beer

A man accused of fatally stabbing his aunt's boyfriend in West Valley City has been charged with murder.

A man accused of fatally stabbing his aunt's boyfriend in West Valley City has been charged with murder. (Zolnierek, Shutterstock)


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WEST VALLEY CITY — A man accused of stabbing his aunt's boyfriend, then saying he didn't care what happened to him, has been charged with murder.

Deon Andre Jennings, 30, of West Valley City, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with murder, a first-degree felony.

On April 30, police were called to the Aspenwood Apartments, 4178 S. 4080 West, on a report of a stabbing. They arrived to find Willie Houston, 59, had been stabbed in the back and neck and was bleeding heavily on a kitchen floor, charging documents state. Houston was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries a short time later.

Detectives learned that after he was stabbed, Houston went to a neighbor's apartment for help.

"Who did this? What happened?" the neighbor asked.

"Houston replied, 'My nephew,'" according to the charges.

Investigators observed a trail of blood leading from one apartment to the other.

Houston lived at the apartment complex with his girlfriend, who is Jennings' aunt, according to police. On May 2, police announced that Jennings was a person of interest in their investigation. On May 3, Jennings called police but refused to tell the detective where he was, the charges state.

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"Jennings said he and Houston were hanging out, drinking beer, when they got into an argument. Houston told Jennings he needed to leave, and Jennings told Houston he was the one who needed to leave. Jennings said Houston got on his cellphone and went outside and then came back in the house. It was at this point that Jennings stabbed Houston. Houston then ran out of the house and Jennings locked the door behind him and left the house through a different door. Jennings indicated his only goal after stabbing Houston was to go to a store and buy more beer," charging documents state.

Police later located Jennings at his apartment and arrested him. When questioned further by detectives, he again talked about an argument he had that day with Houston.

"'There was no arguing that I wanted to hurt him,'" he told police, according to charging documents. "Jennings did not recall Houston hitting him at any point."

When asked if it ever occurred to him to call 911 after the stabbing, Jennings said "he didn't think he really did anything since Houston ran out the front door, but said, 'Honestly I didn't care,'" the charges state.

Prosecutors have requested that Jennings be held in the Salt Lake County Jail without bail pending trial.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.

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