WEST JORDAN, UTAH (ABC4 News) – A man accused of murder in the death of a 22-year-old man whose body was found lying in a West Jordan road in 2017 will stand trial.
According to court documents, Jesus Molina, 25, was charged with murder in the death of Dan Zuniga-Guzman whose body was found with a gunshot wound on November 1, 2017.
Police were originally asking the public to help them locate two persons of interest in the case, Jesus Molina, 23 and his girlfriend who they believed might have pertinent information about Zuniga-Guzman’s death.
Charging documents state witnesses who were with Zuniga-Guzman told police that he and Molina got into an argument inside the car when both Molina and Zuniga-Guzman got out of the vehicle.
A witness said they heard a gunshot and Molina got back in the car and told them he had killed Zuniga-Guzman, according to court records.
Documents state Molina’s girlfriend told others through Facebook messages that she was driving the car when Zuniga-Guzman spit on her and disrespected her, so her boyfriend shot him. She said they left because they were part of a murder and could go to prison.
She then said they drove back to see if the man was still alive but there was already someone else with the victim, documents state.
Molina was booked into jail on January 2, 2018 and charged with murder and obstructing justice.
His girlfriend was originally charged with obstructing justice, but her charges have since been dismissed.
A five-day jury trial has been set for October 23, 2019 at 1 p.m.