The manager of the Family Dollar store was shot and killed for $180, according to court documents.
Friday, 18-year-old Biu Olive and 19-year-old Sarah Ataata were charged in 3rd District Court in connection with the shooting death of 49-year-old Wally Knapton on March 12 and the robbery of his store, 1145 S. Glendale Drive (1350 West).
Olive, who was 17 at the time of the shooting and was arrested on his birthday, was charged with aggravated murder and two counts of aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies, and second-degree felony obstructing justice.
With an aggravated murder charge, prosecutors normally would have the option of seeking the death penalty. But because Olive was 17 when he committed the crime, he is not eligible for the death penalty. If convicted, the most he could receive is life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Ataata was charged with first-degree felony murder and two counts of first-degree felony aggravated robbery.
A 13-year-old was also arrested in connection with the crime. His case will be handled in juvenile court.
Olive and the juvenile walked into the Dollar Store and ordered everyone to get on the floor, according to court documents. The juvenile took a wallet and money from a customer. Olive ordered an employee to give him money from the cash register, court documents state.
"When store manager Wallace Knapton approached the front of the store to determine what was going (on) ... Olive shot him in the chest with the .22 caliber rifle," according to court documents.
The entire incident was recorded by the store surveillance camera.
After the trio left, they split the proceeds from the robbery, approximately $180, three ways, court documents state.
Olive and the juvenile hid the car behind the juvenile's house after cleaning it out and removed the license plate. Olive hid the rifle and clothing used in the robbery, according to court documents. Investigators, however, recovered those items after serving a search warrant.
Because Olive was over 16 and the charge against him was murder, prosecutors were able to charge him directly as an adult.
In juvenile court, Olive was charged with five felonies and seven misdemeanors for two incidents on the same day in August 2007. Olive was accused of firing a gun near police officers, pointing it a group of juveniles and striking one of them in the jaw.Olive remained in the Salt Lake County Jail Friday on $1.5 million bail and Ataata on $1 million bail.
E-mail: [email protected]