One of two men accused of fatally shooting the manager of a Midvale storage unit last fall arrived in Utah this week to face murder charges.
Ronald Eugene Penman, 25, was arraigned Tuesday before 5th Circuit Judge Michael Hutchings, who scheduled a hearing for next Tuesday.Penman and Wendell Devon Baer, 29, are each charged with second-degree murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and two counts of second-degree felony theft.
Baer remains at large.
They are accused of being among four men who broke into the apartment of Spencer Nielson, 53, resident manager of a storage unit at 111 S. Allen St., on Oct. 31. The men were looking for gold, drugs and firearms, according to the complaint.
Penman shot Neilson in the chest at close range with a shotgun, the complaint says.
The other two men, Kevin Eugene Baer, 27, Wendell Devon Baer's brother, and Monte Johnson, have not been charged with the crimes but are listed as witnesses.
Penman, the Baer brothers and Johnson have been investigated in the murder of John Poff, 48, Salt Lake City, whose body was found Dec. 20 in a shallow grave in Lamb's Canyon. Detectives, who were led to the body by Johnson, do not expect to file any charges in that killing.