Suspect in killing of Midvale woman booked into jail


UPDATE (10/31/2020) – The man suspected of killing a Midvale woman and injuring a 7-year-old girl has been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.

Unified Police indicated John Weston Erickson was released from the hospital and transported to the Salt Lake County Adult Detention Center on Saturday. He faces one count of first-degree felony aggravated murder and one count of second-degree felony child abuse.

Charges are still being screened by the Salt Lake County District Attorney.

MIDVALE, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Unified Police Department is investigating a domestic violence homicide Wednesday evening.

Police say Utahna Halona, 41, was killed and her daughter is in the hospital after a domestic dispute in Midvale. The incident happened near 115 West settlement Circle, according to police.

Police told ABC4 News that just before 6 p.m. two kids ran to get help at the neighbor’s house after they saw their dad attack their mother.

Sgt. Melody Cutler with Unified Police says when first responders arrived the 41-year-old mother was dead at the scene. She added that the suspect, the man who attacked the mother is the kid’s father. He reportedly has self-inflicted wounds. 

That man, identified by police as John Weston Erickson, is currently in serious condition at Intermountain Medical Center. The 7-year-old daughter has a hand injury but Sgt. Cutler said she is going to be fine. An 11-year-old boy who was also present during the incident doesn’t have any injuries. 

Both kids will be in the care of victims advocates. Cutler added that tragic incidents like this one rarely happen in this neighborhood. 

It is early in this investigation but Unified Police are waiting on a warrant to enter the house and start processing the crime scene.

Once family has been notified and the suspect has been booked names will be released.

Free and confidential help and support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465) If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.
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