Police: Man confesses to murdering 15-year-old SLC girl

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- The man identified as a suspect in the murder of a Salt Lake teen has confessed, police said.

Shaun French, 24, was arrested earlier this month in Otero County, Colorado on warrants related to unlawful sexual activity with a minor. At the time, police in Salt Lake City named him a suspect in the murder of 15-year-old West High School student Baleigh Bagshaw.

On Wednesday, officials with Salt Lake City Police Department said French was transferred from Colorado to Salt Lake County Jail “after he confessed to murder.”

According to the SLCPD, Bagshaw was attacked while she was on the phone with her mother on May 7th inside her house near 1600 West 500 North. 

Officials  said that for a period of time, French actually lived there with her.

“He had had a previous sexual relationship with Baleigh. He’d also lived in the home with Baleigh for a time,” Sgt. Brandon Shearer said. “He was not living in the home at the time the homicide occurred but he had had a relationship with her previously.”

Because of that, a judge issued a warrant for three counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor against French. He was arrested on those warrants in Colorado.

French is now facing charges of aggravated murder and aggravated burglary in addition to the charges of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

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