Police: Huntsville murder suspect tried to clean knife before officers arrived

Tuesday , May 16, 2017 - 12:11 PM

JESSICA KOKESH, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — A 42-year-old Hunstville man attempted to clean the knife he allegedly attacked his mother and killed her husband with just before officers showed up, police say.

David Russell Erekson was formally charged Monday in 2nd District Court with one count of a murder, a first-degree felony, in connection with the May 10 death of Roger Haven, 69, of Huntsville.

He is also charged with obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony; domestic violence assault, a Class A misdemeanor; and interference with arresting officer, a Class B misdemeanor. 

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Weber County deputies were dispatched at 7:01 p.m. May 10 to the 7400 East block of 400 South in Huntsville for a domestic violence incident, court records say. Upon arrival, deputies discovered Haven dead inside the residence with “stab wounds and other injuries.” 

Erekson allegedly also stabbed his 72-year-old mother who lived in the home, but she escaped and called police on her cell phone. The woman received “substantial injuries to the bones in her face” and was taken to the hospital, according to court documents.

Officers found Erekson in the backyard of the home where police say he resisted arrest. Deputies used a Taser to take him in to custody, court documents say.

Investigators discovered a knife in the kitchen sink during a search of the home, and police say there had been an attempt to wash blood of it, according to court documents. The shower had also recently been used, and Erekson’s hearing aid was found in the bathroom, police say. 

According to the probable cause of arrest statement, Erekson told police during an interview that he killed Haven before requesting an attorney. 

He has been denied bail, according to court documents, and his initial court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, before Judge Joseph Bean.

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