Find a list of your saved stories here

Utahn suspected of killing elderly grandparents has history of assault, drug charges

Police investigate at a home near 750 North and 1050 West in Clearfield where an 87-year-old man and his 85-year-old wife were found dead on Wednesday. Police say the couple's 26-year-old grandson admitted to violently attacking the couple in their garage on Wednesday.

Police investigate at a home near 750 North and 1050 West in Clearfield where an 87-year-old man and his 85-year-old wife were found dead on Wednesday. Police say the couple's 26-year-old grandson admitted to violently attacking the couple in their garage on Wednesday. (Meghan Thackery, KSL-TV Chopper 5)


Save Story

Save stories to read later


Estimated read time: 5-6 minutes

CLEARFIELD — A 26-year-old Clearfield man accused of killing his elderly grandparents admitted to violently attacking the couple in their garage on Wednesday, according to a police booking affidavit.

Officers on Wednesday responded to a call reporting the deaths at 681 N. 1050 West shortly after 3 p.m., according to a statement from the Clearfield Police Department. The couple's 60-year-old daughter, who also lives in the house, called police after finding her father and mother dead in the garage.

The couple was identified on Friday as Thomas Walker, 87, and Janice Walker, 85.

Thomas Walker, 87, and Janice Walker, 85. were killed in their Clearfield home on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. A grandson has been arrested for investigation of tw counts of aggravated murder.
Thomas Walker, 87, and Janice Walker, 85. were killed in their Clearfield home on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. A grandson has been arrested for investigation of tw counts of aggravated murder.

Police said the woman told officers she believed her 26-year-old son, Jeremy Dwayne Belt, was responsible for the deaths and that he was still inside the house. When police officers arrived, they were able to take Belt into custody without incident.

As police interviewed Belt, he said he arrived home at or around 3 p.m. earlier in the day and finding his grandparents "in critical condition in the garage," according to the affidavit.

Later in the interview, police said they showed Belt video footage obtained from neighbors that showed Belt alone with his grandparents. Belt then stated he was guilty of killing his grandparents, the affidavit alleges.

He told officers that upon entering the residence he shared with his grandparents, he confronted them about "accusations he holds against them," according to the affidavit filed in 2nd District Court.

After this, the arrest report says Belt's grandparents gathered some belongings and went into the garage, where their vehicles were parked. Belt allegedly told police that he knew they couldn't leave because he intentionally cut the motor wire to the garage door before entering the house.

Belt followed them into the garage and kicked both of them in the chest, the affidavit says, causing them to fall to the ground. Police say he told them he then grabbed what he described as a hammer and struck the hood of their vehicle, demanding that they respond to him about the accusations he mentioned earlier.

Then, police say he bludgeoned his grandparents with the hammer, hitting each of them multiple times before walking back into the home and going downstairs to look for a weapon.

Related:

According to the affidavit, Belt found his .22 caliber rifle, loaded a single bullet into the chamber and returned to the garage where he proceeded to shoot one of his grandparents. He attempted to do the same to his other grandparent before realizing that he needed another bullet, according to police.

The affidavit says Belt then went back downstairs to grab another bullet, returned and shot his other grandparent.

After this, Belt allegedly returned the .22 caliber rifle to the room he retrieved it from and grabbed a .30-06 rifle and ammo. He shut and locked the room and went into his bedroom, which is also in the basement.

When officers arrived on the scene, Belt "exited the home and surrendered to our officers without any incident or injury," Clearfield Police Chief Kelly Bennett said.

Police said that while interviewing an additional family member of Belt's who also lives at the residence with Belt and his grandparents, they noticed a black eye.

During Belt's interview, he also admitted to kicking another family member in the face, causing a black eye, the affidavit says.

Upon searching the residence, police reported finding psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana, as well as drug-related paraphernalia, including pipes, bongs, marijuana grinders and glass jars in Belt's bedroom.

Belt was booked into the Davis County Jail for investigation of two counts of aggravated murder, assault, possession of a firearm by a restricted person, possession of a controlled substance, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal mischief.

Family members say anyone who wishes can donate to the family through the Tom and Janice Walker Charitable Account through America First Credit Union or by Venmo.*

Clearfield police said the Walkers were members of the city's citizen patrol.

"We extend our sincere condolences to the Thomas and Janice Walker family. Additionally, Thomas and Janice Walker were members of the Clearfield City Citizen's Patrol for more than a decade. They volunteereed countless hours to the community until 2019. We are grateful for their love for the community, and we honor their dedicated service," police said in a statement issued Friday.

Belt's criminal history includes several drug-related arrests and a domestic violence case. In September of 2019, Belt was accused of choking his live-in girlfriend at the same Clearfield house after pressing her head against a car parked in their garage, then wrapping his arm around her neck until she lost consciousness. He is charged with aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony, and a trial is scheduled for April.

In 2017, Belt pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in exchange for the dismissal of a charge of domestic violence in the presence of a child, according to state court records. He pleaded guilty to criminal mischief in 2015 in exchange for drug charges being dismissed, and was convicted of driving with a measurable controlled substance in 2014.


*Disclaimer: KSL.com has not verified the accuracy of the information provided with respect to the account nor does KSL.com assure that the monies deposited will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit or donation you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

Related stories

Most recent Police & Courts stories

Related topics

UtahPolice & CourtsDavis County
Logan Stefanich is a reporter with KSL.com, covering southern Utah communities, education, business and military news.

SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast