A Denver man charged with burglarizing a Salt Lake home and then stabbing an 80-year-old woman to death when she walked in on him was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on the charges in 3rd District Court.
During a preliminary hearing, 3rd Circuit Judge Phillip Palmer said he had heard enough evidence to support the charge that Keith Carney, 26, is responsible for the stabbing death of Klea M. Sorenson, Salt Lake City.He was ordered to appear before 3rd District Judge Kenneth Rigtrup on Jan. 28. Carney is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary and, if convicted, could receive the death penalty.
Salt Lake police received a call from a man on Oct. 23 who said that he believed his roommate had just killed someone. He said Carney had returned to their apartment with blood on his hands and clothing and was also carrying a large knife that he cleaned, court documents state.
The roommate also said Carney had a woman's driver's license, a wedding ring, jewelry box and cassette radio. Wednesday, Sorenson's son identified the items as belonging to his dead mother.
After receiving the phone call, officers went to a house at 733 E. 700 South and found the woman stabbed to death in her kitchen.