A man now in a hospital in another state has been charged in the slashing death of a Salt Lake man during a purported robbery attempt in June.
Samuel Joseph Compton, 38, was charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery in the death of James Fredrick Stevens, 55, on June 3.The murder charge carries a possible death penalty.
Compton allegedly admitted the slaying to an agent with the Wichita, Kan., bureau of the FBI.
FBI Agent Randy Ewy said Compton told him that he killed Stevens at the Bigelow Apartments in Salt Lake City, according to charging documents.
"He said he stabbed him from behind and cut his throat twice," according to the charges. "He said the reason he killed him is because he wanted to take his money."
Salt Lake County Deputy District Attorney Robert L. Stott described Compton as a transient who had only lived in Salt Lake City for a short time.
Stevens' body was discovered by the landlord as he was collecting rent on June 8.