UPDATE: Investigators share new details in Park City murder

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FRIDAY 10/8/2021 10:55 a.m.

PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4) – Authorities now say the body of a dead Park City man had been laying in a yard for about two hours before they were notified. Another Park City man has been taken into custody for suspected murder.

Early Friday morning, a woman walking her dog called the Summit County Sheriff’s Office after finding a body lying in the grass of a home in Highland Estates. When deputies arrived, they confirmed the man, 50-year-old John Krieg of Park City, had died. Investigators have determined Krieg suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

While investigating the incident, the homeowner – 58-year-old James Ramsdell of Park City – came out of a home with an apparent gunshot wound to the hand.

During a Friday morning press conference, Sheriff Justin Martinez says deputies learned while canvassing the neighborhood that a neighbor informed deputies an argument had happened around 4 a.m. During the roughly two hours between the reported fight and the call to dispatch, Sheriff Martinez says Krieg’s body remained in the yard of the home.

Investigators have determined Krieg, Ramsdell, and a third person living in the same home had been up late drinking alcohol. Krieg and the unidentified witness were renting part of the home from Ramsdell. It is believed Krieg and Ramsdell had been roommates for at least a year.

According to Sheriff Martinez, the Krieg and the other individual had remained downstairs, drinking, while Ramsdell had gone upstairs. At some point, Ramsdell asked the other two to quiet down but allegedly resumed drinking. A verbal argument ensued and a handgun was introduced, Sheriff Martinez explains.

The argument continued upstairs and before heading outside, Sheriff Martinez says Ramsdell appears to have shot himself in the hand. As the altercation continued outside, investigators have determined it became physical and Ramsdell allegedly shot and killed Krieg.

Investigators believe Ramsdell came back into the home without Krieg after the incident. At that point, the witness is believed to have asked where Krieg was. Ramsdell, according to Sheriff Martinez, then went outside to look for Krieg. When he returned to the home, he allegedly told the other individual he believed Krieg was faking being dead. The two then went out together and allegedly determined Krieg was dead before returning to the home.

No charges have been filed against the third man involved.

At this time, Sheriff Martinez says they have not determined what caused the argument. Through their investigation, Sheriff Martinez says Ramsdell has been arrested and booked into the county jail on suspicion of murder, a first-degree felony, and several other charges: discharging a firearm, carrying a weapon while under the influence, intoxication, and disorderly conduct.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Man arrested after body found in Park City by woman walking dog

FRIDAY 10/8/2021 7:35 a.m.

PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4) – A Park City man has been arrested for allegedly murdering another man early Thursday morning.

At around 7 a.m., a woman was walking her dog on Countryside Circle in Highland Estates, near I-80, when she found a body lying in the grass of a home. She called the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, who quickly arrived on the scene.

Deputies confirmed 50-year-old John Krieg of Park City had died. Investigators determined Krieg had an apparent gunshot wound to his chest. While deputies were on scene, another man came out of a nearby home with a gunshot wound to his hand. That man was identified as 58-year-old James Ramsdell of Park City. After receiving medical care for his wound, deputies detained Ramsdell for questioning.

Investigators found Krieg had been living in a basement apartment in the home where his body was found. Ramsdell lives in the upper level of the same home, the Sheriff’s Office explains.

In the early morning hours on Thursday, investigators say Ramsdell got into an altercation while drinking alcohol. At some point, “a small handgun was introduced.”

Ramsdell and Krieg then exited the home and were arguing, investigators explain, adding that “Ramsdell returned to the residence, but Krieg did not.” Law enforcement was not called until the woman found Krieg’s body lying near the roadway.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Ramsdell has been booked into the county jail on suspicion of murder, a first-degree felony, and several other charges: discharging a firearm, carrying a weapon while under the influence, intoxication, and disorderly conduct.

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