OGDEN -- The man accused of shooting his father-in-law in church on Father's Day confessed to his arresting officers, according to charging documents filed Tuesday in 2nd District Court.
"Jennings told me he pulled his gun from (his) front waistband and shot a round towards Jim's head," reads a probable cause affidavit written by Ogden Detective Darren Goff. "Jennings said, 'I thought I missed.' "
Charles Richard "Ricky" Jennings Jr., 35, was arraigned Tuesday on multiple charges from Sunday's shooting, with bail set at $105,000, cash only.
Prosecutors had asked that he be held without bail.
A status conference was set for Thursday afternoon before Judge Michael Lyon.
Jennings is charged with attempted murder and two counts each of aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies, plus possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony.
Police and parishioners said Jennings fired one shot at the back of the head of 66-year-old James Evans during Mass on Sunday at St. James the Just Catholic Church on the north end of Ogden's Harrison Boulevard.
Jennings had walked into the church seconds earlier holding hands with his wife, Cheryl, the daughter of Evans. Officials have released no further information on her involvement or the lack of it.
Evans was initially listed in critical condition but has been taken out of the intensive care unit and is now upgraded to fair condition, McKay-Dee Hospital spokesman Chris Dallin said Tuesday.
Jennings fled the church, stole a truck from a neighbor at gunpoint and was later caught near a highway in Box Elder County after the truck ran out of gas.
"I asked Jennings, 'After you shot Jim, did you see what happened to him?' " Goff wrote of his interview of the suspect along with fellow Ogden Detective Craig Bishop.
"Jennings told me 'no' and that the congregation came at him so he ran from the church and started going over fences."
The burglary and robbery charges are tied to the taking of the truck, which the charging documents said came when Jennings fled south on Harrison, then ran through the backyards of homes. He encountered James Troxell at 225 Donna Ave.
"Jennings confronted Troxell and told him he needed help and his car keys," according to the affidavit. "Troxell initially refused but later agreed after Jennings pointed a chrome firearm at him."
Jennings took the keys and then told Troxell he had to have his cellphone, too.
He took Troxell's 1996 GMC truck to flee the city northbound on Interstate 15, the truck running out of gas in Box Elder County. He was apprehended there by the sheriff's office and the Utah Highway Patrol as he was walking along Interstate 84.
Jennings also admitted to taking the truck, according to the affidavit: "Jennings said he came upon a man and his daughter and pleads with him to give him his car keys, which the male denied him.
"Jennings said the male noticed that he was holding a gun, so he finally gave him his keys."