Second-degree murder charges were filed against Robert Eugene Bennett Wednesday morning in 3rd Circuit Court.
The charges were filed after Salt Lake County deputies discovered a torso and head buried in the yard of the home Bennett rented in South Salt Lake.An autopsy showed five bullet holes in the decapitated, armless torso unearthed in the yard of a former South Salt Lake man.
Bennett had a five-shot, .38-caliber pistol in his possession when he was arrested in Las Vegas April 6.
Sheriff Pete Hayward said the torso, as well as a human head wrapped in plastic that was unearthed from the same property Monday, are believed to be that of Larry Duane White.
Hayward said the head was well-preserved and dental records will be used to identify it.
White, 52, was an unemployed free-lance writer whose severed legs were found outside a grocery store trash bin at 851 E. 45th South in late February.
The victim's arms have not been found. "We dug up the whole countryside. We did not find those," Chief Deputy Sheriff Charles J. Shepherd said Wednesday morning. "There's a possibility they may have been put in a Dumpster like the legs. We don't know."
Shepherd said the body parts were found under concrete slabs under a layer of dirt.
Hayward said deputies also found a hacksaw in a shed on the property at 664 E. King's Lane (2980 South) which is where Robert Eugene Bennett lived from December to February.
Bennett, 51, is being investigated in connection with White's grisly slaying and mutilation. He is in the Salt Lake County Jail awaiting trial on a federal social security fraud indictment.
Since his arrest, Bennett has been questioned numerous times about White's death but has refused to talk.
Sheriff's officials have contacted law enforcement officials in Beaverton, Ore., where Bennett's ex-wife has been missing for 12 years.
After discovering "soft earth" at Bennett's former residence, detectives, with the permission of the property owner, began digging. About 8 p.m. Monday, they found the torso, wrapped in a plastic bag, wedged between a pipe and septic tank about 30 inches underground. Hayward said the torso was clothed only in white shorts. Detectives also unearthed work gloves, a penny and a small neck chain, he said.
Detectives were led to the residence after discovering license plates that were stolen from a neighbor. The license plates were just part of the evidence found over the weekend by Salt Lake County sheriff's detectives in Las Vegas, where Bennett was arrested April 6.
Detectives also found some of White's identification cards, a post office box used by Bennett but registered under White's name and a .38-caliber revolver. The gun will be compared to bullets recovered from the torso, the sheriff said.
Bennett, who is White's last known acquaintance, was being sought for questioning in White's death shortly after a pair of legs, severed at mid-thigh, were found Feb. 22 in a trash bin behind a store at 851 E. 45th South. Articles of clothing found with the legs as well as a scar on one of the legs led detectives to identify the limbs as those of White, who was reported missing by his father two days earlier. The leg bones have been sent to the FBI Crime Lab in Quantico, Va., to compare with the torso.
White, originally of Indiana, was an unemployed writer living with his elderly father in an Avenues apartment.