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New murder charges filed against man in Cedar City double homicide

Published: Wednesday, March 6 2013 4:45 p.m. MST

Thad Robertson, 54, is charged with two counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of two people inside a Cedar City home on Feb. 15, 2013.

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CEDAR CITY — A Cedar City man is facing two counts of aggravated murder in connection with the shooting deaths of two people.

Thad Robertson, 54, was arrested Feb. 15 at his home at 386 N. 400 West following the shooting death of Jeffery Hardy and the shooting of Diann Bailey, who died of her injuries Feb. 19.

Robertson was initially charged with possession or use of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony, use of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony, and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor. But prosecutors later filed the two additional charges of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony.

Police were first called on Feb. 15 by a woman in California who said her father, Robertson, had called her and "told her that he was suicidal and he had done something stupid and could not go to prison," charging documents state.

He also told his daughter that he had used a gun "as a scare tactic" and had shot at least one person and possibly two, the charges state.

Officers arrived at the home and arrested Robertson. Bailey and Hardy were found inside the home and Bailey was transported to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray where she later died.

The medical examiner classified both deaths as homicides caused by gunshot wounds.

When Robertson was searched, an officer found a glass pipe and a silver container with what appeared to be methamphetamine inside. A preliminary urine test, though, was negative for the drug.

A gun was found next to Bailey, which Robertson said belonged to him, police said. He later confessed to shooting both Hardy and Bailey, the charging documents state.

A hearing on the evidence against Robertson was scheduled Wednesday in 5th District Court, but his attorney, Jack Burns, said he was not served with the amended charges. The hearing was continued until March 19.

Neighbors said Robertson and Bailey were dating. Bailey filed for a protective order against Robertson claiming cohabitant abuse in 2007, according to Utah state court records. The case was dismissed at the woman's request a couple of weeks later.

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