SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC4 News) – The suspect at the center of a homicide in South Salt Lake Tuesday morning has a history of domestic violence charges, ABC4 News has learned.
In 2012, Angelo Kirstine, 24, was charged with one count of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, and one count of domestic violence in the presence of a child, which is also a third-degree felony.
The charges were dropped because the alleged victim, the mother of his child, failed to appear in court to testify.
According to Salt Lake County’s District Attorney Sim Gill, officials were “concerned,” so they filed charges again.
The alleged victim failed to appear in court for the second time to testify against Kirstine.
“We tried, we tried,” Gill told ABC4’s Brittany Johnson. “We cannot prosecute a case if we don’t have the witnesses to testify in that matter,” he added.
“We try to work with victims. Sometimes victims are afraid. We try to certainly get them access to resources with victim advocates and counseling and sometimes we just can’t cross that threshold,” said Gill.
In 2013, Kirstine pleaded guilty to a robbery charge. Just prior to his release in 2018, a former girlfriend was granted an order of protection for both her and her children from Kirstine.
On Tuesday, January 15, Kirstine was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail accused of stabbing his current girlfriend to death following a domestic incident.
The suspect’s mother told ABC4 News her son has schizophrenia.