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Arrest made for alleged murder of southern Utah man

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Posted at 11:24 PM, Apr 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-28 01:37:16-04

KANE COUNTY, Utah — A suspect has been arrested after a complex and time-consuming homicide investigation in southern Utah.

Jason Thomas Bates, 38, faces multiple charges in connection with the death of 49-year-old Matthew Wayne Young.

The Kane County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that Bates, from Page, Arizona, was arrested on suspicion of:

  • First-degree felony murder
  • First-degree felony discharge of a firearm with serious bodily injury (two counts)
  • Second-degree felony aggravated assault
  • Third-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person

He was arrested Monday by U.S. Marshals without incident in Flagstaff, Arizona, and is awaiting extradition to Utah.

The sheriff's office said the investigation is still ongoing, and the Unified Police Department and the Utah State Bureau of Investigations are assisting.

No further details about Young's death have been released, but his obituary says his life was "senselessly taken" on April 13. He was from Church Wells, Utah (located between Kanab and Lake Powell).