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Man Arrested For Murder Of Utah Woman Heard Pleading For Her Life Before Being Killed

Police say 23-year-old Kaitlyn Barron was beaten to death with a rock in a South Salt Lake parking lot.

By Joe Dziemianowicz
Jovanie Silva Arrested For Utah Murder

About a week after a San Antonio, Texas woman was found lifeless and partially clothed in a Utah parking lot, a 22-year-old man was arrested for the killing.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, 22-year-old Jovanie Silva was charged for the murder of Kaitlyn Barron, 23, whose naked body was discovered in South Salt Lake on September 28. She had been “severely beaten,” the Salt Lake Tribune reportsSouth Salt Lake police announced that the cause of death was blunt force trauma on Facebook.

Surveillance footage near the crime scene captured a woman and a man carrying a skateboard walking toward the area where Barron was later found dead at around 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 27. The woman's clothes matched the ones Barron was wearing when her body was discovered. As the two individuals walked out of sight, audio picked up a woman’s voice, which could be heard pleading and saying “please don't hurt me," or "please don't rape me,” investigators noted, reported the Salt Lake Tribune.

Those chilling pleas were followed by the sound of “an impact popping” and screaming, according to a probable cause statement obtained by the outlet. Police believe the sound was Barron being hit over the head with a stone. A large blood-covered rock was found near the scene.

Just after 5:00 a.m. the man was caught on camera leaving the area and carrying the skateboard. He is the only person seen entering or leaving the area where the body was found, the outlet reports.

Using local business cameras, South Salt Lake detectives tracked the suspect to a local Men's Homeless Resource Center. The suspect was identified as Silva. He was served with a warrant on his personal items located at the HRC on October 3, and a pair of Silva's underwear that was discovered had bloodstains on it, according to charging documents, obtained by Fox 13 News, a local affiliate. 

Silva was arrested on suspicion of murder, and has refused to speak with investigators. He was ordered to be held in the Salt Lake County jail without bail.

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