Will the U of U shooting suspect face the death penalty?

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Austin Boutain is death penalty eligible. Here’s a total of his charges: Criminal Homicide, Aggravated Murder, Attempted Criminal Homicide;Aggravated Murder; Aggravated Kidnapping;Aggravated Robbery; two counts of Purchase, Transfer, Possession or Use of a Firearm by a Restricted Person; three counts of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, and five counts of Felony Discharge of a Firearm.

Kathleen Boutain is charged with: Criminal Solicitation; two counts of Criminal Solicitation, and three counts of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property.


The man suspected of shooting and killing a University of Utah student is expected to be officially charged in Salt Lake County Thursday.

24-year-old Austin Boutain will most likely be charged with murder. If he is charged with aggravated murder he will be eligible for the death penalty.

In aggravated murder prosecutors have to show there was another crime on top of the murder. Police say that was the attempted carjacking of Chen Wei Guo which ultimately ended in Guo’s death.

Boutain’s wife Kathleen may also be charged. She was originally arrested on drug charges, but both of them have a history of violence.

An affidavit ABC4 first reported Wednesday shows that Austin confessed to killing a man at a Colorado RV park because he was making sexual advances toward his wife. He confessed to stealing the victim’s pickup and admitted, when he was finally caught in Salt Lake City, he was wearing the dead man’s clothes. The probable cause statement filed by police in Salt Lake says Austin confessed to murdering Guo as well.

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as they become available.

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