Assault charges substituted for murder charges against LaVerkin man

LAVERKIN – According to Washington County Sheriff’s Office booking webpage, initial charges against a man arrested in LaVerkin last night have been changed from aggravated murder to aggravated assault with intent.

John Stettler Stucki, booking photo, Washington County Sheriff's Department, Hurricane, Utah, Oct. 8, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
John Stettler Stucki, booking photo, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Hurricane, Utah, Oct. 8, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

John Stettler Stucki, 54, was arrested and booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility at 11:38 p.m. Tuesday on then-listed charges of intoxication, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and aggravated murder.

Sometime around 2:22 p.m. today, the charges listed on Stucki’s arrest have been changed removing the aggravated murder charge and replacing it with aggravated assault with intent.

Bail originally set in the aggregate of $25,733 has been reduced to $10,733 according to the Sheriff’s booking webpage.

When an assault is aggravated, it goes from a misdemeanor to a felony, when it causes serious bodily injury under the statute on which the new charge is listed against Stucki, it is a second-degree felony.

Law enforcement officers are deferring all questions to the Washington County Attorney.

“We’re waiting for more information to make charging decisions,” Deputy County Attorney Ryan Shaum said, at 4:15 p.m. today. “We are waiting for more information from LaVerkin City.”

 

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1 Comment

  • jennifer October 10, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Did they ask the victim if he was dead? If he answered it’s agg assault.

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