A 16-year-old Murray boy was arraigned on a capital murder charge Friday in the April 22 shooting death of his friend's stepfather.
Charles P. Ulibarri was arraigned before 2nd Circuit Judge Parley Baldwin. Ulibarri is being held in the Weber County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.Ulibarri and co-defendant Joseph R. Hill, 18, also of Murray, are charged with capital murder for the death of David Young. Both defendants are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing, tentatively set for May 24. Hill was arraigned Thursday in in 2nd Circuit Court. Capital murder carries the death penalty.
Weber County Attorney Reed Richards said he filed a direct charge against the teenager but that Ulibarri had a right to petition to have his case sent to juvenile court, where a hearing will be held to determine if the defendant should be certified as an adult.
The 43-year-old victim's body was found on the floor of his Ogden home April 26. He had been shot five times, and police believe he was killed a few days before his body was discovered.
Capt. Marlin Balls said Friday both teenagers are suspected of participating in the murder. Hill is Young's stepson, and Balls said Hill lived with his stepfather until January of this year.
According to court documents, both teenagers were charged with capital murder because they are suspected of killing Young to prevent him from testifying that the teenagers broke into his house and burglarized it.
Both defendants are also charged with aggravated burglary. Prosecutors allege that the defendants stole money and property from Young's home.
Young's body was found by a security guard of his employer, Jetway, after the victim failed to report to work for four days.