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Sam Penrod ReportingA tip from the TV show America's Most Wanted is getting credit tonight in solving a year old robbery and murder in St. George. Police have a suspect and today filed charges.
The suspect is being held in Las Vegas on unrelated charges, but prosecutors plan to extradite him to Utah to face murder charges. There is evidence that police have their man, including an alleged confession made to detectives just last week.
Today in St. George murder charges were filed against the Las Vegas man. 52-year old Daniel Robert Campbell is suspected in the robbery of a St. George rare coin store, where its owner, 43-year old Jordan Allgood was shot and killed.
Chief Marlin Stratton, St. George Police Dept.: “It's been fourteen months to the day since the crime occurred, and we've put in countless, countless hours. I would say it was a very difficult case, very difficult.”
Court documents show that Campbell confessed last week to St. George police, telling detectives that he quote "accidentally" shot Allgood with a revolver he had with him, and then handcuffed the victim to prevent him from interfering in the robbery.
Campbell also admitted to pawning a gold coin days after the murder in Las Vegas, which detectives later confirmed. And detectives say Campbell gave them details from the robbery that only someone involved in the crime could have known.
Chief Marlin Stratton: "We were always optimistic that we would solve this case, and it took a lot of investigation, a lot of man hours to get us where we are now.”
Since the murder, a $15,000 reward was posted. In July the investigation got a boost from national TV, which gave detectives a tip to crack the case.
Chief Marlin Stratton, St. George Police Dept : "That reward will be honored if the person that provided the tip comes forward.”
As for the victim's family, they say police and prosecutors have their full support in pursuing justice.
Kent Perkins, Family Spokesperson: “The Allgood family would like to express appreciation and gratitude to the St. George police department for the dedication and professionalism.”
Daniel Campbell is already in jail in Las Vegas on unrelated charges. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.