SALT LAKE CITY — A second suspect was charged Wednesday with murder in connection with a March 14 shooting death at a west Salt Lake smoke shop after a confrontation over loitering.
Vladimir Suarez-Campos, 37, of Salt Lake City, drove the suspected shooter, Yelfris Sosa-Hurtado, 25, back to CJ's Smoke Shop where he had the confrontation with Steven Guadalupe Chavez about 20 minutes earlier, according to charges filed in 3rd District Court.
After returning to the area, Sosa-Hurtado entered the shop carrying a rifle and fatally shot Chavez while Suarez-Campos waited in a getaway car in the parking lot, according to charges. Chavez, who was seeking cover behind a counter when he was allegedly shot to death, was the son of the shop's owner.
Suarez-Campos is charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and nine counts of discharge of a weapon, a thrid-degree felony, because after leaving the shop, Sosa-Hurtado allegedly shot nine rounds in the direction of bystanders.
For his alleged role as the shooter, Sosa-Hurtado is charged with aggravated murder, a capital offense which carries the death penalty.
Both defendants are being held in Salt Lake County Jail, Sosa-Hurtado on $1.5 million bail, Suarez-Campos on $1 million bail.