Arrest made in murder of young Magna mother

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Detectives with the Unified Police Department arrested ​46-year-old Todd Elwin Hull in connection with a murder in Magna.

“We have arrested a suspected in this homicide,” said Ken Hansen with Unified Police.  “Are there other suspects?  That will be determined by other interviews and getting new information everyday.”
 
For now, detectives have Hull in the Salt Lake County jail on a $25,000 bond. 


In a probable cause statement filed with the jail detectives claimed Hull “admitted to be the driver of the vehicle involved in the murder of (Paige Espinoza).”
 
Police said Espinoza was visiting friends at the Magna home when she was shot and killed.

“Obviously she was at the wrong place at the right time because she’s been killed but I don’t know what her involvement was with the group,” said Hansen.

Police don’t know if there was any connection between Espinoza and those involved in her shooting. Her mother didn’t know what she was doing there either.  But she hoped everyone involved will be arrested.

“I just want them to find them,” said Kim Wood. “I just want peace.  It’s not going to be peaceful.  It’s not peace.  People should not get away with this.”

Her mother said Espinoza had a troubled life but she claimed her daughter was making amends to straighten up.

“She is a daughter and a mother, everything and she was so young,” said Wood.  “She deserved to be living her life and trying to get it back on track.”

Wood said she’s never heard of Todd Hull until his arrest Monday.  But she plans on being in court when and if he is charged with her daughter’s murder.

“She was so smart and so beautiful and I want justice for her and her sons,” said Wood.

In addition to being booked for murder, Hull appeared to have violated his probation and should have been in back in prison in June.  

In January, Hull pleaded guilty to attempted theft of stolen property.  But his prison sentence was suspended and he was put on probation. On June 22, a warrant for his arrest was issued after he failed to comply with terms of the court.  Hull was finally arrested last Friday according to jail records.

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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Shock and heartbreak are setting in for friends and family of a woman brutally murdered in Magna over the weekend. 

The victim’s loved ones say 25 year-old Paige Espinoza was not perfect but was turning her life around, before someone shot her through a basement window of a home near 8300 West Mix Ave. 

Monday, two friends of Espinoza’s — who each knew very different sides of her — sat down with Good 4 Utah’s Ali Monsen to express gratitude for the many lessons the victim taught them through the years, and to process their emotions. 

Friends say Espinoza had been clean for several months.  They say she was working hard at a few jobs and spending time with good people.  But early Sunday morning, the young mother’s life was cut short.  Police say someone likely walked up to a window of the room where Espinoza was sitting and fired at least 15 rounds. 

“I’m just lost, and I feel like that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time…” sobbed Kim Wood, Espinoza’s mother.  “I can’t even tell you how hard this is,” she said. 

For now, Unified Police have no suspects in the case and say they are still investigating whether or not Espinoza was the prime target.  Anyone with information is asked to call authorities at 801-743-7000.

Watch the full news clip above to hear how Espinoza touched the lives of those who knew her.  

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