Victims identified in Clearfield homicide, grandson facing murder charges

Posted at 3:44 PM, Nov 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-25 23:03:53-05

CLEARFIELD, Utah — A Clearfield couple was found dead in their garage Wednesday afternoon and police believe their 26-year-old grandson was responsible for the deaths.

The victims were identified by police as Thomas Walker, 87, and Janice Walker, 85.

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A grandson of the couple, Jeremy Belt, 26, was booked into jail on Tuesday and faces two counts of aggravated murder and one count of assault among other charges.

According to Clearfield police, officers responded to a call made at 3:10 p.m. after a 60-year-old woman walked into the home and discovered her father and mother dead in the attached garage.

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She told police she thought her 26-year-old son — grandson to the couple who was killed — was responsible for the deaths and told officials he was likely still inside the home, police explained.

When responders arrived, a perimeter was made around the home and the victims' daughter was escorted off the property.

Belt called his mother at some point and he spoke to officers, who convinced him to come out of the home. He eventually followed officers' orders and was taken into custody after walking out of the home.

The investigation that followed gave officials probable cause to arrest Belt and after questioning, he admitted to police that he killed his grandparents, arresting documents state.

Documents state Belt was concerned that family members were trying to hurt him and after confronting his grandparents about his concerns, he attacked them with a hammer.

Before being attacked, the two victims tried to leave the area, but Belt cut the motor wire for the garage door, trapping them inside.

After attacking the two individuals with a hammer, Belt shot both of the victims, killing them, documents state.

Officers learned during the investigation there were "other acts of violence which occurred earlier in the day that were not reported," officials said.

Documents detail that Belt also admitted to kicking an additional family member in the face, giving them a black eye.

During a search, police seized various types of drugs and drug paraphernalia, documents report.

A family member of the Walkers told FOX 13 that anyone who would like to donate can do so through the "Tom and Janice Walker Charitable Account" at America First Credit Union. The account number is 9125410. Donations can be made via online transfer from one America First account to another, through Zelle, or with a one-time transfer from another credit union.

Donations can also be made via Venmo to username @njlarsen.