Suspect in Sherry Black murder case makes first court appearance Wednesday

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) Adam Durborow, the suspect in the murder of Sherry Black, made his first court appearance Wednesday morning.

During the 8 a.m. hearing, Durborow was appointed a public defender and set to appear in front of Judge Pettit on November 2 at 9 a.m.

Earlier this week, the Salt Lake City District Attorney Sim Gill released more details of the crime as the officially charged Durborow with first-degree felony aggravated murder.


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The Unified Policed Department has arrested a suspect in the Sherry Black murder case.

The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Adam Durborow (also spelled Durborrow in jail documents) of Orem. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on first-degree felony aggravated murder and aggravated burglary.

According to arresting documents, DNA was taken from Durborow on October 7th, and submitted to the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services. A day later, it came back a match.

The scene of the crime on Nov 30, 2010

“I do want to say that it’s taken several different individuals, detectives, agencies to be able to come here today, and say we’ve made an arrest,” said Sheriff Rosie Rivera of the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office in a press conference on Saturday.

The case will be screened with the District Attorney’s Office early next week.

Sherry Black was discovered beaten to death at her business B&W Billiards and Books, located at 3466 S. 700 E. in South Salt Lake on November 30, 2010.

Sherry Black

The South Salt Lake Police Department started the homicide investigation, but with no signs of a robbery or motive, the investigation went cold.

UPD’s Cold Case Unit has been continuing the investigation and has been the lead investigating agency since 2018.

According to a release from Sheriff Rivera’s office: “The diligent work of the detectives from both agencies over the last ten years has resulted in today’s arrest.”

“I want to thank the detectives, investigators, and many others from UPD, SSLPD, DA, the Utah Crime Lab, and Parabon Nanolabs for working together in the common pursuit of justice for the Black family,” Sheriff Rivera said. “This is an open and active investigation; further details are unavailable until the screening process is complete.”

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