Charges filed in Midvale slayings

Posted at 9:03 PM, Mar 01, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY -- Murder charges have been filed in the deaths of three people gunned down inside a Midvale home last month.

The Salt Lake County District Attorney on Friday charged David Fresques, 25, with three counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted aggravated murder. Fresques is accused of killing Omar Jarman, Shontay Young and Danielle Lucero inside a Midvale home on Feb. 12.

The charges could result in the death penalty, if Fresques is convicted.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill told FOX 13 on Friday that Fresques went room-by-room and shot the victims. Omar Jarman and Shontay Young were shot in the living room of the home. Danielle Lucero was shot and killed inside an upstairs bedroom. Another woman was shot and wounded.

Gill refused to reveal a motive for the killings. The home had been the scene of a narcotics search warrant a month before the shooting, and Unified Police have said Fresques was a known gang member.

"There are other aspects of the investigation that are still continuing and going forward," Gill said.

Jarman's sister, Cathy Candelaria, was glad charges had been filed.

"How do you start to heal when the wound is still open?" she said in an interview Friday with FOX 13.

Candelaria said that since the Feb. 12 killings, she has reached out to the families of Young and Lucero. They have all become close, grieving together.

"We all have this bond and we are all there for each other," she told FOX 13. "I think it's something that not everybody -- thankfully -- has to go through. So when you find somebody that can understand how you're feeling, can relate to how you're feeling, you have that automatic bond."

Candelaria pleaded for tips to help police apprehend another man wanted in connection with the killings. Davis Fotu has been dubbed a "person of interest" in the case.

Police won't say what role they believe Fotu may have had in the murders, but have said they want to question him. Candelaria said someone must know where he is -- and urged them to do the right thing.

"If you know who he is, if you know where he is, if you've seen him, please, please call police," she said. "Please do the right thing and turn him in!"