Strickland, David Malcom

 

FARMINGTON — Layton police say David Malcom Strickland stole a former roommate’s guns to settle a debt.

As it turns out, that’s the least of his worries.

Strickland of Portland, Texas, is charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated assault in connection with a Jan. 8, 2014, burglary in Layton. But during a hearing Monday, Sept. 14, prosecutors said Strickland, 29, is also the suspect in a Texas murder case. 

Strickland is accused of sexually assaulting and shooting two women in the head at Violet Andrews Park in Portland, Texas, on June 23, 2012. Mollie Olgin, 19, died, while her girlfriend, Kristene Chapa, who was 18 at the time, survived.

As a result of the Texas charges, Deputy Davis County Attorney Jason Nelson asked to have the Layton case continued for a year.

“And given the nature of the offense it will take a while to play out,” Nelson said.

Judge John Morris scheduled a review hearing for Sept. 19, 2016. 

In January 2014, Layton police received a call from a couple about a man who had entered their home and taken two handguns and an AR-15-style rifle. That man was later identified as Strickland, a former roommate of the man who lived in the home.

The man’s girlfriend confronted Strickland, who pointed a gun at her.

She fled and called her boyfriend to tell him about the break-in. The man then called police and told them the intruder was Strickland.

Strickland, who was arrested near Moab in January 2014, was released from the Davis County Jail in March 2014 after a posting a $25,000 cash bond. He last appeared in 2nd District Court in May 2014, when he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

A felony arraignment hearing was scheduled for Sept. 9, 2014, but when Strickland did not appear a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

But also in 2014, police in Portland, Texas, were trying to solve a two-year-old shooting that left one woman dead and another seriously injured. The break came June 12, 2014, when the family of the injured woman received a letter blaming someone for the double shooting, according to a report by KIII TV in Corpus Christi, Texas. The man accused in the letter was the same person who reported his guns had been stolen in Layton.

Portland investigators contacted Layton police, who provided their Texas counterparts evidence recovered from Strickland’s car when he was arrested in January 2014, according to KIII TV.

“We were able to find what they needed, including a firearm,” Layton Police Chief Allen Swanson said Monday,

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Marshals Service on June 20, 2014,  Strickland was arrested that day in Helotes, Texas. 

Strickland is charged in Texas with capital murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated sexual abuse and aggravated kidnapping. His next court hearing is scheduled Oct. 9. He could face the death penalty if convicted of murder.

You can reach reporter Loretta Park at lpark@standard.net or at 801-625-4252. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE or like her on Facebook.

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