SALT LAKE CITY — Prosecutors say a man accused of killing his grandmother in her Avenues home stabbed her 111 times.
Disturbing new court documents were released Friday as Zachary Cole Weston, 21, was charged with aggravated murder, a capital offense.
Weston is accused of stabbing Joyce Dexter, 84, multiple times on Oct. 3. Police were called to Dexter's house, 310 J St., where Weston was living, on a report of a possible domestic disturbance. When they arrived, they found Weston standing over his grandmother while holding a bloody knife, the charges state. He also had blood on his hands and clothing.
Weston told investigators that he "stabbed his grandma" and admitted that he "slit her belly, her jugular and her heart," charging documents state. A medical examiner later determined that nine of the 111 stab wounds were to the heart. Prosecutors said several of the victim's internal organs had also been removed.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill could not comment Friday on a possible motive or Weston's possible state of mind at the time of the attack. He praised police, however, for responding so quickly to the crime scene and confronting the grandson before he left.
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