Suspect who allegedly killed West Jordan couple makes first court appearance

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Albert Enoch Johnson, the man accused of killing a West Jordan couple during a robbery at their home made his first court appearance on Friday.

The 8 a.m. preliminary hearing with 3rd District Court was held via court teleconference from the Salt Lake County Jail. The hearing was to read Johnson his list of charges as well as assign a public defender to his case.

In a press conference held on Wednesday, District Attorney Sim Gill explained the charges Johnson is facing and additional details of what happened the night of the murders.

Tony and Katherine Butterfield were found dead at their home in West Jordan by police. Tony Butterfield’s body was found in the backyard and his wife, Katherine’s body was found inside the home. Both of them had been shot.

The couple’s three young children, ages 6 months, 2 and 4 years old, were inside the home unharmed.

After a four-day search for a suspect, police arrested Albert Enoch Johnson, in California.

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Johnson admitted to killing the couple during his interview with police and said he went to their home to rob them. He left with $20 in cash and two cell phones but when he got to his car, he took off the mask he was wearing and realized he had left his keys inside the home.

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When he returned to the home, Tony Butterfield was standing inside of the door and was able to recognize him. Tony Butterfield allegedly stabbed Johnson to prevent him from going back inside the home. That’s when Johnson said he shot him and when the wife started screaming, he shot her too.

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Johnson faces 10 charges, including two counts each of first-degree felony aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. His next court hearing is scheduled for May 29th at 11 a.m.

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