Police: Suspect who ‘deliberately’ hit, killed bicyclist Sunday night booked into jail for murder

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Police in West Valley City have arrested a suspect who is believed to have intentionally struck a man who was riding a bike, killing him.

According to Roxeanne Vainuku, West Valley City Police public information officer, officers responded to 3661 S. Market Street just before 7 p.m. Sunday on a report of a vehicle who hit a man riding his bike.

When officers arrived, they found a man 50-year-old Lewis Ricky Yates Jr. deceased in the road and his bike a few yards away.

Video footage was gathered and showed the driver of a Nissan sedan, later identified as Shamil Marcus Bikul, 40, strike Yates on his bike and drag him without slowing down. Yates then continued north and turned around to head south at a high rate of speed, go into the oncoming lane and deliberately strike the victim again.

Detectives were able to locate Bikul who made a full confession to the crime and said he was full of rage during his interview. Bikul and Yates were tenants of the same residence and Bikul admitted to having issues with other tenants as well.

He is being held without bail at the Salt Lake County Jail on one count first-degree felony murder. A background check on Bikul shows multiple past arrests for drug possession.

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