A 17-year-old co-defendant charged with capital murder in the death of his friend's stepfather has filed a motion to have his case transferred to juvenile court.
Charles P. Ulibarri, Murray, was 16 years old when he and Joseph R. Hill, 18, also of Murrary, allegedly gunned down David Young on April 22.Weber County Attorney Reed Richards said Tuesday that Ulibarri's defense attorney, Martin Gravis, has petitioned to have his client certified by the juvenile court to stand trial as an adult when the case goes back to 2nd Circuit Court.
Richards said the case will be sent to Salt Lake County because Ulibarri was living in Murray when the slaying occurred. No hear ing date has been set.
Both defendants were scheduled to appear in court Friday for a preliminary hearing in Ogden, but Richards said Hill be will be only defendant present.
Young's body was found on the floor of his Ogden home April 26 by a security guard of his employer, Jetway, after the victim failed to report to work for four days.
The 43-year-old victim had been shot five times, and police believe he was killed a few days before his body was discovered. Both teenagers are suspected of participating in the slaying.
Hill is Young's stepson. If convicted, both defendants could be given the death penalty.
The teenagers were charged with capital murder because they are suspected of killing Young to prevent him from testifying that the defendants broke into his house and burglarized it.
Both defendants are also charged with aggravated burglary.
Ulibarri and Hill are being held in the Weber County Jail.