Utah man charged with girlfriend’s murder booked into jail

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A Utah man who was charged with murder after he claimed “aggressive sex” killed his girlfriend has been booked into jail.

An arrest warrant was issued Friday for Nathan Edwin Parry, 34, of Salt Lake City, after being charged with one count of murder and one count of obstructing justice.

Police were able to arrest the man and book him into jail. His bail has been set at $1,000,007.00 bail.

According to a probable cause statement, on October 21, 2018, Parry called 911 and reported that he believed his girlfriend was dead and said they had engaged in “aggressive sex.”

Emergency crews responded to the home and found Rebecca Sullivan lying on the ground in full cardiac arrest. Medics noted she was fully clothed and had a large V-shaped cut on her forehead and visible strangulation marks on her neck. The cut was not actively bleeding when medics arrived.

Documents state that Parry told police he and Sullivan started to have sex, placed restraints around each other’s necks, and they both lost consciousness. Parry said when he woke up and noticed Sullivan, he cut her down and called 911.

According to the indictment, an ER doctor advised medics that Sullivan’s injuries “did not appear consistent with Parry’s report of aggressive sexual activity.”

Detective analyzed Parry’s cell phone and noted several calls including incoming and outcoming calls to Sullivan then an outgoing call to his ex-wife and 911.

The ex-wife confirmed she spoke to Parry that night. She said Parry stated during the call that “Rebecca is dead.” Parry allegedly told her that Sullivan “hung herself right in front of me.”

When police interviewed Parry again, he said Sullivan was upset with him for leaving her at the bar earlier in the evening. “Next thing he remembered was that they were hanging together from the stairs in one single red webbed strap,’ according to the documents.

Parry told detectives he was able to use his feet and grab a pair of scissors of a set of drawers nearby and cut them both down. According to Parry’s account, once he cut the rope, they both fell. He attempted CPR while calling his ex-wife and 911. Documents state Parry said he lied to 911 because he was “ridiculously drunk and terrified.”

After Parry’s second explanation of what happened, police conducted further analysis of the scene. Given the placement of key items in the room, detectives noted Parry’s explanations were “inconsistent with the evidence and with the reconstruction.”

The medical examiner determined Sullivan died of ligature asphyxiation. Documents further state the reported explanations of how the injuries occurred were inconsistent with autopsy findings.

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