OGDEN -- Weber County's second homicide case of the year is the first to formally go to court, with Ruben Nava charged with murder in the Sept. 8 shooting death of Mario Saucedo. No charges have been filed yet in the Aug. 31 death of Robert Santos Soto in Ogden.
The 23-year-old Saucedo was found shot to death in the early morning hours at a party at the west end of 46th South in Roy. Nava was arrested the next day.
On Friday last week, bail was set at $100,000 for Nava by 2nd District Judge Noel Hyde.
Roy police received multiple calls regarding the incident that took place in a cul-de-sac, including reports of shots fired and fighting, when they found Saucedo.
Autopsy results said he died from a single shot that went through his heart and lung and lodged in his back.
Nava, 40, told Roy police he only fired once at Saucedo during a confrontation in which he was trying to scare Saucedo and a group of his friends, according to charging documents.
But witnesses reported three shots fired. Nava, in addition to the murder charge, is charged with three counts of felony discharge of a firearm in the city limits.
He is also charged with use of a handgun by a restricted person, because a prior felony conviction prohibits him from firearms possession.
The deceased and Nava are members of different gangs, according to charging documents, which do not detail what the confrontation was about beyond Nava mentioning an undisclosed "beef" to a party-goer who took the gun from him after the shooting.
"It's an isolated incident," said Roy Police Sgt. Danny Hammon, supervisor over the detective division. "We don't believe there's any connection to any other gang shooting or incident."
The court documents say Nava told one person at the party before the shooting that "something bad might happen, and that if anything did happen, not to worry about him."
He also arranged for the same person to be driven from the party before the shooting.
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