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Utah Man ‘Worked up the Confidence to Kill’ His Father and Then Beat Him to Death With a Hatchet: Police

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Police say a Utah man has been arrested after he admitted to beating his father to death with a hatchet.

On the morning of April 26, a person called police and claimed 46-year-old Jeremy Pulver told them he had beaten his father to death and then filled his mouth with baking soda to make sure he was dead, according to court documents obtained by KUTV.

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The caller said Pulver fled the scene, but the witness stayed to wait for officers. Responding officers reportedly found Pulver’s father dead in the bedroom of his home from what appeared to be head trauma.

Investigators were able to locate Pulver a short time later and took him in for questioning.

According to the affidavit, Pulver told police that his father told him he “wanted to die due to his elderly condition” and his father, identified as John Pulver, wanted Jeremy to kill him.

He told detectives he “worked up the confidence to kill” him on April 26 and went to his dad’s home, letting himself into his father’s bedroom, the affidavit states.

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According to court records, Pulver allegedly first tried to suffocate his father, but his dad attempted to fight back and Pulver started to fear for his life.

He then grabbed a hatchet he bought at Lowe’s and allegedly hit his father on the head four to six times until he stopped fighting, law enforcement officials said.

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Jeremy allegedly then put baking soda into his father’s mouth, as he heard it was a good way to ensure someone was dead, the affidavit claims.

Pulver was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

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