Bail set at $1M for accused killer

Bail set at $1M for accused killer

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OREM -- Bail was set Monday morning for $1,000,000 cash only for a man accused of shooting and killing his brother-in-law Sunday at his Orem home.

Orem Police Sgt. Craig Martinez said, "His bail was set at $1 million cash only, which basically means that he cannot use a bondsman to get out of jail. He has to come up with $1,000,000 cash."

Stephen Strate, 54, was booked into jail on a murder charge. Official charges have not been filed.

Police say Strate was waiting for them at the home at 400 South and 300 West in Orem when they arrived. Inside, they found the body of 51-year-old Marvin Sidwell.

Sidwell had moved into a basement apartment in the home after his father died. His mother, who lives upstairs, was home at the time of the shooting.

On Monday, Orem police said they were not discussing a possible motive in the case, although neighbors say the victim and suspect had been involved in an ongoing dispute.

His next court appearance is set for Nov. 5.


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