Wife charged for hiding evidence in West Jordan double murder

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WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – The wife of a man suspected of killing a young couple in their West Jordan home last weekend has been charged for her involvement in hiding evidence of the crime.

Charging documents state Sina Johnson, the wife of Albert Johnson, told police that her marriage was “not doing well” and the last time she saw him was on April 17. As the interview continued, police said her story kept changing about her knowledge of the homicide and her contact with her husband. 

Sina Johnson said she was familiar with the couple that was killed because her husband had attempted to obtain a job with their company at one point.

She then stated her husband came home around 3-4 a.m. on the morning of April 18 and appeared to be in a hurry and he told her that someone stabbed him and that his life was over.

She stated he then showered, changed his clothes and left their apartment and had no idea where he was going.

She told detectives she took his bloody clothes and shoes to the garbage when she found out that he had been involved in the homicide. She cleaned her apartment because there was blood downstairs, on the hallway walls, and in the bathroom. 

Detectives took Sina Johnson to the area and she identified the dumpster she had thrown his clothes in. West Jordan Crime Scene Technicians located bloody clothes, shoes, and a sheet. 

Sina Johnson was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with second-degree felony obstruction of justice. She remains incarcerated at the Salt Lake County Jail. Her bail has been set at $100,000.

Albert Johnson was arrested in Sacramento, California, on Wednesday.

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The wife of the suspect police are looking for in a double murder in West Jordan has been arrested for allegedly helping him escape.

The arresting documents statement says 29-year-old Sina Johnson was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on first-degree felony obstruction of justice and third-degree felony tampering with evidence for her involvement in the double murder of Tony and Katherine Butterfield at their home in West Jordan.

Police said Sina Johnson withheld information from police in the investigation and that she knew where the suspect, 31-year-old Albert Enoch Johnson, was. She is also being accused of destroying evidence.

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Officers found the victims, 31-year-old Tony and 30-year-old Katherine dead after responding to the report of gunshots. Their three children, ages 4 years to 6 months old, were asleep upstairs.

“Mr. Johnson was known to the Butterfields,” Sgt. Holt said Monday. “This was not a random act. We do believe this was a targeted act of violence and an isolated act. He did know them. We are investigating and working on the motivations for why he might have done this horrific crime.”

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Police put out a request for any information on Albert Johnson who remains at large and stated Sina Johnson continues to falsify her knowledge of what occurred and withhold his location.

Police said Johnson has had contact with the Albert Johnson on multiple occasions prior to, and after the homicide and admitted to disposing of any evidence, documents state.

Sina Johsnon’s charge was enhanced to a first-degree felony because it is related to a capitol murder offense. Police said they believe she has plans to flee to Arizona and would continue to aid Albert Johnson if released.

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