Man Charged with Murder for Killing Co-Worker in Salt Lake City Storage Facility
In a tragic incident that unfolded at a storage facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, a man has been charged with murder for allegedly killing his coworker. Authorities say that the suspect, Nathan David Evans, became enraged after his coworker “messed with his stuff.” The incident occurred on December 29, when Evans was overheard telling someone that he planned to “bash the person’s head in.”
The following day, another coworker left the workplace, leaving Evans and the eventual victim, David Hinkebein, alone at the storage facility. When this coworker returned on January 1, they noticed that Hinkebein was missing. Upon investigating further, they discovered bloody handprints on the wall and a blood-stained carpet near a back office. When confronted about the mess, Evans made it clear that he did not want to discuss it.
Concerned by the lack of action to clean up the mess the next day, the coworker confronted Evans again. This time, Evans simply stated that Hinkebein was “done,” leading the coworker to suspect that Hinkebein may have been killed. Police were then called to the warehouse on January 3 for a welfare check, where they discovered a large amount of blood and Hinkelbein’s body.
During their investigation, detectives found a hammer next to a minifridge with blood and hair matching Evans’ appearance. They also discovered a garbage bag containing bloodstained clothes that Evans typically wore. An autopsy later revealed at least 15 blunt force injuries to Hinkebein’s head, consistent with a hammer.
Evans has now been charged with first-degree felony murder and third-degree felony abuse or desecration of a human body. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill expressed his condemnation of workplace violence and assured that his office would prosecute the case to the fullest extent of the law.
The investigation into Hinkebein’s death is ongoing, and Evans’ trial date has yet to be set. This shocking incident serves as a reminder of the importance of workplace safety and the devastating consequences that can result from unresolved conflicts.
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