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Ogden Man Killed; Suspect Arrested

Ogden Man Killed; Suspect Arrested

Posted - May 19, 2004 at 7:42 a.m.



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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- An Ogden man was killed at his apartment in what police would characterize only as a "violent assault" and a 35-year-old man has been arrested.

The victim was Mark Evangelista, 44, whose estranged wife said he was mentally ill and a drug user.

Police Sgt. Doug Lucero said Evangelista said the slaying of Evangelista Tuesday morning was believed to have followed an argument between the victim and the suspect.

Witnesses said they saw the suspect jump out a ground-level window and flee. He was captured nearby.

Lucero believed the suspect fled when a family member arrived and scared him off.

Police would not say why the suspect was in the apartment, what the argument was over or how Evangelista was killed.

One relative of the victim said police indicated Evangelista had numerous stab wounds and another said heard Evangelista had been beaten with a bat.

The apartment had belonged to Evangelista's mother, who died Sunday of natural causes. Evangelista had been carrying for his mother, his sister, Maggie Evangelista, told the Standard-Examiner.

"He was really on a suicide mission," his estranged wife, Kristine Waters of Rochester, Wash., told The Salt Lake Tribune.

The victim's half brother, Mike Ross, told the Standard-Examiner that Evangelista had been in chronic pain since a truck accident and was always on medications.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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