UNITED STATES NEWS

‘The Letter’ assesses the arrest and motives behind Utah murder

Sep 13, 2022, 4:15 AM | Updated: 7:40 am
Jorge Benvenuto (KSL TV Photo)...
Jorge Benvenuto (KSL TV Photo)
(KSL TV Photo)

Listen to all episodes of ‘The Letter’ here.

LEHI, Utah — Almost as soon as Sgt. Jerry Townsend settled into the driver’s seat of his unmarked police car, the man handcuffed next to him began asking him questions.

“How long did it take you guys to find the people I shot?” said 19-year-old Jorge Benvenuto, who wore basketball shorts and a T-shirt. Townsend told him only one of the two teens he’d shot was dead – Zachary Snarr.

The other, Yvette Rodier, was in the hospital fighting for her life.

“You mean the girl isn’t dead?” asked Benvenuto, whose legs were covered in a thick coating of dust from the 16 miles he walked after dumping the Bronco he’d stolen after shooting the two teens at Little Dell Reservoir less than 24 hours earlier.

“I can’t believe she’s not dead,” Benvenuto reportedly told Townsend. “I wish she would have died so she didn’t have to suffer.”

Townsend, who passed away in 2018, detailed this 30-minute conversation in a police report in August 1996. Townsend wrote that Jorge told him he wanted to die.

In fact, Benvenuto said he’d wanted to die for quite some time, but “he didn’t have the guts to do it.”

Townsend delivered Benvenuto to the detectives he oversaw – Keith Stephens and Kris Ownby. They escorted him into a room at the Salt Lake County Justice Center where he told them that he’d been roaming the mountains, listening to music, trying to work up “the guts” to take his own life. Instead, when he happened across Snarr and Rodier, he shot them.

So what made a 19-year-old with no criminal history shoot two people he’d never met? That’s the puzzle detectives tried to piece together after finding Benvenuto just 24 hours after he committed a crime that sent shockwaves through the community for years.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

United States News

Associated Press

Ex-Seattle man found guilty of dumping body parts in Arizona

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — A former Seattle resident accused of dumping body parts around central Arizona has been been convicted of more than two dozen felonies. A Yavapai County jury on Thursday found Walter Harold Mitchell III guilty of 29 felony counts of concealing or abandoning a dead body, according to a statement from the […]
21 hours ago
Associated Press

2 rock climbers found dead in Southern California

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — Two rock climbers were found dead near a Southern California peak after rescue crews responded to reports of injuries, authorities said. Rescuers were called around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to Tahquitz Rock near Idyllwild following a distress call, the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department said on Twitter. A team managed to climb […]
21 hours ago
Protesters stage a rally to oppose the joint naval exercises between South Korea, U.S. and Japan in...
Associated Press

S. Korea, US and Japan hold anti-N. Korean submarine drills

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea, U.S. and Japanese warships launched their first trilateral anti-submarine drills in five years on Friday, after North Korea renewed missile tests this week in an apparent response to bilateral training by South Korean and U.S. forces. The North’s recent five missiles launches, the first such tests in a […]
21 hours ago
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is taken off the field on a stretcher during the first ha...
Associated Press

Dolphins QB Tua stretchered off with head, neck injuries

CINCINNATI (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained neck and head injuries after being slammed to the ground in Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals and was stretchered from the field. The Dolphins said Tagovailoa was conscious, had movement in all his extremities and was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further […]
21 hours ago
FILE - This photo shows an aerial view of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm B...
Associated Press

Trump records probe: Tensions flare over special master

WASHINGTON (AP) — The parallel special master process spawned by the FBI search of Donald Trump’s Florida estate has slowed the Justice Department’s criminal investigation and exposed simmering tensions between department prosecutors and lawyers for the former president. As the probe into the presence of top-secret information at Mar-a-Lago continues, barbed comments in recent court […]
21 hours ago
FILE - Sheriff's deputies recover the remains of a victim of the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., Nov...
Associated Press

Ex-PG&E execs to pay $117M to settle lawsuit over wildfires

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former executives and directors of Pacific Gas & Electric have agreed to pay $117 million to settle a lawsuit over devastating 2017 and 2018 California wildfires sparked by the utility’s equipment, it was announced Thursday. The settlement was announced by the PG&E Fire Victim Trust, which was established to handle claims […]
21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
...
Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
‘The Letter’ assesses the arrest and motives behind Utah murder