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Mother testifies about her son’s fatal shooting in Layton

By Mark Shenefelt - | Apr 25, 2022

MARK SHENEFELT, Standard-Examiner

The 2nd District courthouse in Farmington is pictured Nov. 1, 2021.

FARMINGTON — A Layton woman testified Monday about the last moments of her teenage son, who was shot to death in what police described as a marijuana sale gone bad.

Michael Jameel Hines, 31, is on trial in the March 12, 2020, death of Kannon Beesley, 18. Charging documents allege that Hines shot Beesley in the chest as the two struggled over a large bag of marijuana.

Beesley’s mother testified that she was asleep in her upstairs bedroom when her son rushed in and said, “Mom, I’ve been shot.” He ran back out and she grabbed her phone and followed him, then finding him at the bottom of the stairway near the entrance to his room.

She said Beesley told him, “Jeremiah’s brother shot me.” She called 911 and stayed with him until police and paramedics arrived. “I was looking at him in the eyes and he was scared and I was scared,” she testified.

Beesley was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Court records said Jeremiah Wright was a friend of Beesley’s and that he was at the scene of the shooting that night.

Later Monday, Angelo Washington Jr. testified that he, Hines and Wright drove to Beesley’s home that night. Washington said he stayed in the car while Hines and Wright went into the house.

When they returned to the car, Washington said he asked what was going on and Hines told him he had shot Beesley. He said Hines tossed a black handgun into the back seat.

“He said, ‘Kannon tried to tackle me and grab me, so I shot,'” Washington said.

Police arrested Hines and Wright in connection to the shooting, but Wright never was charged.

Charging documents said Wright and Washington dropped off Hines in North Salt Lake, where he was arrested later by a SWAT team.

Hines is charged with first-degree felony murder, second-degree felony obstruction of justice and third-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person.

The trial continues Tuesday.

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