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Suspect in SSL murder arrested; held without bail

Posted at 12:41 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 14:41:06-04

SOUTH SALT LAKE — Detectives have arrested a suspect in a South Salt Lake homicide.

22-year-old Jovane Alejando Silva was arrested in the September 28 death of a woman who was later identified as Kaitlyn Barron, 23.

South Salt Lake Police were called to the report of a deceased woman lying naked next to a building near the corner of 300 West Ironwood Drive, which is south of I-80.

According to a probable cause statement, the female “was severely beaten and an obvious victim to a homicide and potential victim of rape.”

Just before 4:30 a.m. a security camera across the street captured video and audio of a man with a skateboard and woman walking toward the area where Barron’s body was found.

The two walked out of view and a woman could be heard screaming and saying either “please don't hurt me or please don't rape me."

Loud sounds of an impact were recorded and investigators believe it to be the victim being struck over the head by a large stone that was found at the scene covered in blood.

After several minutes the sounds and screams stopped, and just after 5:00 a.m. the male walked out carrying his skateboard. He is the only person seen entering or leaving the area where the body was found.

Detectives used local business cameras in the area to track the suspect to the Mens Homeless Resource Center located at 3380 South 1000 West.

The suspect was identified as Silva and a warrant was served on his personal items located at the HRC on October 3. Jovanie had a pair of underwear with blood stains near the waist band and groin area, charging documents state.

Silva was arrested on suspicion of murder and has refused to speak with investigators. He was ordered to be held in the Salt Lake County jail without bail.