A 3rd District Judge has refused a motion to dismiss a case against two men accused in the death of a Grantsville man in June.
Judge John Rokich ordered Dustin Patrick Raymond, 20, Stansbury Park, and Joseph Phillip Roth, 18, Hooper, Weber County, to stand trial in the death of Justin Cash Jones, 23. Both men face one count of murder, a first-degree felony, punishable by up to life in prison.Paul Medina, 18, Tooele, also charged with murder, was bound over for trial last month.
During a preliminary hearing earlier this month, Raymond testified that on June 26, he and several other friends, including Medina and Roth, were having a campfire at the Old Girl Scouts Camp in Middle Canyon, eastern Tooele County, when Jones approached them and asked them for gasoline.
They could not spare gas from their vehicles, and Jones left. But later Jones drove through the area and someone apparently threw an object at his truck. Jones got out of the truck and walked directly to Raymond, threatening him with a rock, according to court testimony.
During the melee that ensued, Jones pushed Raymond, causing Raymond to fall backward, and Medina struck Jones on the head with a flashlight. Then Raymond and Roth each allegedly kicked Jones once on the head.
Jones died three days later at University Hospital. An autopsy revealed he died as a result of severe cranial and cerebral injuries.