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Third suspect in WVC murder turns himself in

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Posted at 5:35 PM, Dec 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-26 19:46:51-05

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A man who police suspect was involved in a murder in West Valley City earlier this week has turned himself in.

Mug shot: Jay Urry

Mug shot: Jay Urry

Jay Urry is suspected in the murder of 49-year-old Eric Carter, who was run over by a trailer during a confrontation with Urry and two other suspects.

Earlier this week, police arrested Jeanette Miner, 26, and Jesse Searle, 34, in connection with the incident.

According to West Valley City Police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku, dispatchers received a call from Carter saying three people were in the process of stealing his friend’s trailer around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Searle and Urry reportedly first came to the home, in the area of 4500 South 4800 West, earlier in the day and took the trailer.

Charging documents state they showed up later to steal items from in front of the house, this time with Miner in tow.

Neighbors told Fox 13 Carter had just shown up at the house he formerly rented, and tried to intervene when he witnessed the theft.

“He’ll go—Hell or high water—too make sure he gets that stuff back,” said Haley Thompson, who said she knew Carter for 16 years.

Carter wouldn’t let the three get away, and called police.

“He had jumped into the back of the pickup truck,” Vainuku said. Court documents show the truck took off, with Carter in the back.

Police say his call to 911 was lost during the ordeal.

Court documents state Miner drove the truck to a nearby church parking lot, where a verbal fight broke out.

Eventually the truck, with Carter still on the back, ended up near 5050 West Royal Ann Drive, court documents show.

That’s when charging documents say Searle got into a physical fight with Carter.

“During this confrontation, the victim was actually run over by the trailer and killed,” Vainuku said.

The suspects’ vehicle, a Dodge pickup truck, and the “Wells Cargo” trailer that had been reported stolen were found in two separate locations.