Shooting in Emery County leads to arrest
On July 28, a shooting occurred in Ferron leaving an Emery County woman dead.
Randy John Behling has been charged by the Emery County Attorney's office with manslaughter, reckless endangerment and possession of a weapon by an intoxicated person.
The charges were filed in connection with the death of A'Lisa Weston who died of a gunshot wound at the defendant's residence on July 28. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for October 16, and bail was set in the amount of $10,000.
"This tragedy is going to affect the community and the two families involved," said Emery County Sheriff Greg Funk. "We have sent a number of items out for testing. I cannot comment until we have the results of these tests back. That could take weeks."
The Sheriff continued. "There were blood draws taken, forensic evidence and other items sent for testing. Until the results come back we aren't going to speculate on what has transpired."
Sheriff Funk said that there were two people involved in the incident. There was one gun shot at the residence in Ferron. A 911 call came in to dispatch that said there had been a gunshot. Deputy Tyson Huntington immediately responded with back-up which included Funk and Capt. Kyle Ekker. Det. John Barnett investigated the scene.
The body of the woman was sealed in a bag and taken by a mortuary to the Medical Examiners office in Salt Lake where testing was completed and the body released to the family.
"It will take six-eight weeks to get the autopsy report back," said Funk. "We executed a search warrant for the residence on July 29. We did trajectory testing. We believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the circumstances surrounding this death.
"Until we have all the facts we don't have the truth of what happened," he said. "There were two people involved and one is dead and the other is in jail."
Rumors about the Saturday shooting have run rampant through both counties.
"The rumors are hurting both families and devastating them," said Sheriff Funk.
On July 30 charges against Behling were filed in the Seventh Judicial District Court for Emery County. Those counts included, Count 1; manslaughter, that on or about July 28 in Emery County the defendant did recklessly cause the death of another, a second degree felony. Count 2; reckless endangerment, the defendant did under circumstances not amounting to a felony offense, recklessly engage in conduct that created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another person, a class A misdemeanor. Count 3-reckless endangerment that on or about July 28, the defendant did under circumstances not amounting to a felony offense, recklessly engage in conduct that created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another person, a class A misdemeanor, count 5 reckless endangerment in violation that on or about July 28 the defendant did under circumstances not relating to a felony offense, recklessly engage in conduct that created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another person-a class A misdemeanor; count 6 carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. That on or about July 28, the defendant did carry a dangerous weapon while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, a class B misdemeanor.