That father who fatally ran over his spouse within the airport car parking zone — with their son nonetheless within the automobile — has pleaded responsible.
Shawn Christopher Sturgeon accepted the fees — one rely every of prison murder/vehicle murder and home violence within the presence of a kid in courtroom on Monday. Though he was initially charged with second-degree felony manslaughter, that was dismissed following the responsible plea, KSL stories.
As we beforehand reported, Shawn was arrested after he drunkenly ran over his wife, Charlotte Sturgeon on the Salt Lake Metropolis Worldwide Airport again in April. In line with stories, the couple acquired into an argument whereas packing their baggage into the automobile after coming back from a household trip. Surveillance footage obtained by Fox13 confirmed that in the course of the incident, the 38-year-old father had positioned their baby within the backseat of the automobile and entered the motive force’s aspect whereas his spouse stood within the open rear passenger aspect.
He then out of the blue reversed and stopped the automobile, inflicting Charlotte to lose stability. That’s when Shawn drove backward once more, this time hitting the fuel. Within the video, the poor lady’s legs may very well be seen flailing round whereas he continued to reverse. She was shortly dragged beneath the automobile. However Shawn didn’t cease there…
Court docket paperwork claimed that he put the automobile into drive and accelerated ahead over the 29-year-old mother’s physique with the correct rear passenger tire. One witness instructed police she may hear Charlotte being run over whereas she was “yelling and screaming.” She then claimed Shawn got out of the car to ask his wife “why she just did that” earlier than shouting:
“Now I have to take you to the emergency room.”
Salt Lake Metropolis police shared in a press release that Shawn proceeded to drive “with his wife critically injured inside, to the airport parking payment booths where he asked for help.” When regulation enforcement arrived on the scene, they claimed that the dad instructed them that “I ran my wife over,” “I killed my wife,” and “I accidentally ran her over.” First responders additionally instructed the outlet that he “smelled strongly of alcohol and had glassy bloodshot eyes.” His blood-alcohol stage ended up being 3 times over the authorized restrict on the time.
Charlotte was nonetheless respiratory when paramedics arrived. She was rushed to the native hospital however later died of her accidents. And now it appears their son will develop up with out his father as nicely, as he’s going through severe jail time. Such a tragedy.
We’ll have to attend and see what occurs subsequent in his case after his sentencing listening to September 9.
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