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Prosecutors: Utah murder suspect forced teen to watch boyfriend’s brutal killing before slitting her throat

April 5, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Prosecutors: Utah murder suspect forced teen to watch boyfriend’s brutal killing before slitting her throat Jerrod Baum and Brelynne "Breezy" Otteson

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Utah prosecutors could pursue the death penalty against Jerrod Baum, accused in the brutal killing o teen couple

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A Utah man is accused of murdering a teen couple whose remains were discovered last week after they visited his girlfriend despite his warnings against it.

According to a Utah County Sheriff’s press release, Jerrod Baum, 41, reportedly forced 17-year-old Brelynne “Breezy” Otteson to kneel on the floor and watch as he beat and fatally stabbed her boyfriend, Riley Powell, 18, before slitting her throat.

Jerrod Baum has been charged with eight felonies, including two counts of aggravated murder, abduction, and desecration of a body.

Prosecutors revealed that moments before they were killed, Baum congratulated the couple because he thought they were having a child. However, Otteson was not pregnant when she was murdered.

On January 2nd, Otteson and Powell were reported missing from Eureka, and their bodies were found in an abandoned mine shaft — approximately 75 miles south of Salt Lake City — on March 28th, according to a press release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

Utah prosecutors say Jerrod Baum (pictured above) has been charged with eight felonies, including two counts of aggravated murder, kidnapping, and desecration of a human body. (Utah County Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities claim that Baum killed the couple after they went to see his girlfriend, Morgan Henderson, 34, despite his warning against her having male guests.

The break in the case occurred when Henderson was taken into custody for a separate incident and ultimately led investigators to the bodies in the mine shaft, WFXG reported.

Authorities allege that Henderson saw the slayings. She is in custody on suspicion of obstruction of justice, though Utah County prosecutor Chad Grunander did not rule out the probability of additional charges.

“We wish she would have come forward earlier,” Grunander stated, noting that Henderson was threatened at one point. “That would have saved additional grief for the family.”

The county prosecutor indicated that the victim’s families haven’t decided if they want prosecutors to seek out capital punishment.

If prosecutors don’t seek the death penalty, Baum could face a minimum of 25 years to life behind bars if he is found guilty.

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