A Utah man accused of killing a couple during a home invasion over the weekend may have wanted to work for them, new court documents reveal.
Tony Butterfield, 31, and Katherine Butterfield, 30, were shot to death in their West Jordan home early Saturday morning as they attempted to fight off an intruder, West Jordan Police spokesman Sgt. J.C. Holt told Oxygen.com on Monday.
Albert Enoch Johnson, 31, was arrested Wednesday in the Sacramento area of California after fighting with police and resisting arrest, according to Holt. He’s expected to be extradited back to Utah to face two counts of aggravated murder at the very minimum, Holt told Oxygen.com.
Before Albert was apprehended, his wife, Sina Anne Johnson, 29, was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence. She is accused of disposing evidence related to the double homicide, according to the affidavit obtained by Deseret News.
Her conversation with investigators has given possible insight into her husband’s relationship with the victims. Previously, Holt told reporters that Albert was known to the couple but didn’t specify.
Sina allegedly told investigators Sunday that her husband wanted to work for the slain couple. She said he “had attempted to obtain a job with their company at one point,” according to charging documents obtained by Deseret News.
The Butterfields, who lived just about a four-minute drive away from the Johnsons, owned a landscaping business, according to the outlet.
Sina allegedly admitted Sunday that her husband came home in the middle of the night, shortly after the murders, claiming that “someone stabbed him and that his life was over,” according to the documents.
She said he showered and changed and left, according to the documents. When Sina learned of the murders, she allegedly threw out his clothes and cleaned the blood out of the home.
Holt stated at a Monday presser that the intruder who killed the Butterfields may have been stabbed in his arms or legs. He noted that one of the Butterfields likely grabbed a knife from their own kitchen in self-defense.
It’s not clear if either Johnson have lawyers who can speak on their behalves at this time.
Family of the Butterfields wrote in a statement that “Tony and Katherine were incredible Christ-like, kind, happy, and loving parents, children, siblings and friends.”
The slain couple’s three young children — ages 4, 2, and about 6 months old — were asleep when the assault took place. They were not harmed.
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