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Back to jail for man accused of supplying gun in Singh slaying

By Mark Shenefelt - | Jun 20, 2022

BEN DORGER, Standard-Examiner file photo

The United States Courthouse in Salt Lake City is pictured Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

FARMINGTON — A Kaysville man accused of supplying the handgun that a teenager used to fatally shoot Ogden grocer Satnam Singh is back in jail after violating pretrial release conditions.

At a June 10 hearing in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, Judge Cecilia Romero ordered Taydon Tailor Law, 22, to serve 30 days in jail for failing to submit to drug and alcohol testing and failing to submit to substance abuse therapy and counseling.

Law had been free of custody while awaiting trial on two firearms charges related to the Feb. 28, 2021, slaying of Satnam Singh, 65, inside his Super Grocery store. Antonio Gianny Garcia, 15, of Ogden, pleaded guilty to two first-degree felonies in the shooting and is serving two consecutive sentences of five years to life in prison.

The Weber County Attorney’s Office tracked down the alleged source of the handgun, a Ruger LC9 semi-automatic, that Garcia used to shoot Singh four times in a robbery. The local prosecutors referred the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City.

Law was charged in May 2021 with possession of a stolen firearm and being a felon in possession of the firearm. The court has scheduled a change of plea hearing for July 5 at which Law is expected to plead guilty in a plea bargain, according to court records.

The Ruger was stolen in Park City, Weber County Attorney Christopher Allred has said, but further details about how Law allegedly got the gun to Garcia have not been divulged. Allred said Garcia “never did fess up” to how he obtained the gun.

Ogden police said Garcia walked to the counter inside the grocery, pointed the gun at Singh and said, “This is a stickup.”

According to a court document outlining Garcia’s guilty plea, he told police that when Singh moved away from the counter, he thought Singh was going for a gun or other weapon and he “acted on instinct” and fired. He said he thought “it would be me or him.” He said he fled the store and did not realize his shots hit Singh.

Singh, an immigrant from India, was a beloved figure in Super Grocery’s neighborhood. His death sparked an outpouring of grief and expressions of appreciation for his acts of assistance and kindness to individuals and for his positive impact on the community.


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