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Suspect in murder of 15-year-old girl makes initial court appearance

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – The suspect accused of murdering 15-year-old Baleigh Bagshaw made his first court appearance Tuesday.

It was a very brief and procedural initial court appearance for 24-year-old Shaun French. In fact the whole thing was wrapped up in less than 5 minutes.  


Appearing from the Salt Lake County Jail via video, French stood silently while he heard a judge read off the charges against him. First three felony counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor then “You’ve been charged with a 1st degree felony Aggravated Murder. 1st degree felony Aggravated Burglary. 2nd degree felony Obstruction of Justice and 2nd degree felony Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in that case,” the judge said.

French was a former boyfriend of Bagshaw who for a time lived with her family in the house where she was murdered on May 7th while speaking on the phone with her mother. Days later French was captured in Colorado and confessed to killing Baleigh.

“In the probable cause statement we do have that he confessed to his brother. He confessed to his father as well,” Salt Lake County Prosecutor Nathan Evershed told reporters after the appaearance. “Evidence is important. Obviously if someone is confessing to something that can be important evidence in any case.”

French’s next court appearance will be Friday, June 8th when he has a scheduling hearing at 8:30 a.m.

He is being held without bail on the Aggravated Murder charge.

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