PROVO -- Authorities arrested a Bountiful man in connection with a murder in Provo that police say was paid for with one ounce of methamphetamine.
According to court documents, Joshua Ian Stansbury, 37, was implicated by others who have since been arrested.
They told police Stansbury had possession of a handgun that was used on May 16 when 32-year-old Andy Wendell Purcell was shot on the front porch of his Provo home.
Stansbury is charged with one count of obstructing justice, a second-degree felony in 4th District Court. He was arrested on Monday and booked in the Davis County Jail, but has since been transferred to another jail. A court hearing is set for Sept. 26 in 4th District Court in Provo.
According to the warrant affidavit, Danny Leroy Logue, 45, gave the gun that was used to shoot Purcell to another person, who then gave the gun to Stansbury. That person has not been charged in this case, but told police he expected Stansbury to pay him for the gun at a later time.
Logue was charged with aggravated murder, along with two other men, Darrell Morris, 38, and Yuri Sanchez Lara, 32.
Authorities say Lara hired Morris because of a dispute over money, and that Lara paid Morris an ounce of methamphetamine for the murder. They also say the gun belonged to Logue.
According to the probable cause statement, "Stansbury had the firearm in his possession at one point in time, but refuses to provide that information, thus concealing or removing this important pice of evidence in the homicide investigation."
Also, police were told that Stansbury took the gun to another person's home, where it remained until two men took it, "dismantled and discarded (the gun) in a lake in the Salt Lake County area or one of the canyons."