Meet Zachary Cole Weston, 21, of Salt Lake City, Utah.
On October 3rd, neighbors of 84 year-old, Joyce Dexter could hear screams from her Salt Lake home.
Worried, the neighbors dialed 911 to have the officers go check on Dexter.
When officers arrived, they found Weston standing over Dexter’s mutilated body with a bloody knife.
Weston had blood on his clothing and hands when police found him and later told investigators he had cut his grandmother’s jugular, the records said.
Weston has been charged with aggravated murder, a capital offense. Family members told the Salt Lake Tribune that Weston suffers from mental illness.
They described his life as a ‘tragedy in slow motion’, adding that he had bounced about between living with different family members his whole life.
‘Zach was always a sweetheart, but he started receding into his mental illness to where he was almost catatonic,’ his uncle, Charles Kulander said. ‘He was withdrawn, lethargic.’
Kulander described the grandmother, nicknamed Honey, as ‘a martyr by any definition’.
‘If anybody was closer and loved Zach more than her, I don’t know how. She was always there for him. The rest of us had just had it up to here [with Weston], but Honey always kept her door open.’
He was arrested in 2010 after he was accused of pushing his mother and striking a police officer. He pleaded guilty to one of two assault charges and was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and complete any recommended treatment as part of his sentence.
On August 9 he was arrested again and charged with two counts of assault and interfering with a police officer after slapping a hospital employee and punching another in the face.
He was also charged with assault for hitting his father during a September 27 argument.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill declined to comment Friday on a possible motive in the stabbing, but he praised police for responding so quickly.
R.I.P. Ms Honey Dexter.
What a horrible way to go.