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Man shot his friend in front of children, then drove his body to a parking lot and left it: police

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Apr. 17 2021, Updated 9:15 a.m. ET

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A man is accused of shooting his friend in the head, put his lifeless body in a car and drove to a parking lot where he abandoned the car, police in Utah said. 

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When the body of Steve Bailey, 38, was found in Ogden, Utah, on April 13 in his parked vehicle, the position, location and the condition of the body were considered suspicious. 

However, no cause of death could be determined at the time, according to Roy (Utah) police.

The state medical examiner’s office said that the death was likely a homicide as he suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, according to police.

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According to a press release from police, they discovered that Bailey had had an argument about money with a friend Daniel Johnson, 48, before his death. The argument happened at Johnson's home in Roy, Utah, and Johnson fired one shot, hitting his friend in the head.


Police alleged Johnson drove Bailey’s body in his own car to the parking lot, where it was eventually found three days later.

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It was reported that three children between 9 and 15 years old were present in the home at the time of the shooting, and they’re all safe with their mother.

Johnson has been charged with murder, desecration of a body, obstruction of justice and possession of a firearm by a restricted person.


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