Trial set for man in Layton teen’s drug robbery shooting death
FARMINGTON — A 30-year-old man charged with killing a Layton teenager in a fight over a large bag of marijuana is scheduled to go on trial Nov. 29.
Michael Jameel Hines was arrested by a SWAT team in North Salt Lake after Layton police tracked him there following the March 12, 2020, death of Kannon Beesley, 18, at Beesley’s Layton home.
Hines’ trial has been postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Judge David Williams confirmed the latest trial setting for a four-day proceeding. Hines has been held without bail at the Davis County Jail since his arrest.
Beesley’s mother said her son woke her early in the morning saying his friend’s acquaintance had shot him. The teen died the next day at a local hospital.
Davis County prosecutors presented evidence in a preliminary hearing late last year that Hines and another man went to Beesley’s home, the other man saying he owed Beesley money and intended to pay him. Charging documents said the other man told police Beesley was showing them a large bag of marijuana and Hines grabbed the bag. The two fought over the bag and Hines allegedly pulled a handgun and shot Beesley in the chest.
According to police, Hines first denied any involvement, then admitted he was in the Layton home. Hines told officers he and the other man had planned to pay Beesley, then rob him of the money and the marijuana. Hines alleged the other man shot Beesley, but police said there is no evidence to implicate the other man as the one who pulled the trigger.
Hines is charged with first-degree felony murder and third-degree felony charges of use of a firearm by a restricted person and obstructing justice.
The other man was arrested on suspicion of obstruction of justice, but there is no record of him being charged with the crime in court.