CEDAR CITY – A Beaver County man is in jail Sunday on $1 million cash bail after sheriff’s deputies found him lying beside his dead girlfriend while holding a .357 revolver.
Beaver County Sheriff Cameron Noel said Desiree Shotwell, 37, was shot and killed Saturday in her home located southeast of Beaver City.
Shotwell’s boyfriend, Ronald Cory Fordham, 42, was booked into the county jail the same night on suspicion of murder.
Fordham is facing a first-degree felony murder charge and a third-degree felony for a restricted person in possession of a firearm. He is also facing charges for domestic violence with bodily injury, a class A misdemeanor.
Beaver County Justice Judge Shadrach C. Bradshaw set Fordham’s bail at $1 million cash.
The Sheriff’s Office responded to Shotwell’s home after receiving a phone call from a concerned citizen, Noel said.
“The person who called told police he was worried about Desiree and that she could be in danger from her live-in boyfriend,” he said.
Fordham had allegedly been drinking, Noel said.
Deputies secured three search warrants for the residence.
The details surrounding the incident are not known at this time.
“I know there was a lot of screaming and yelling but nothing else right now,” Noel said.
Court records show Fordham was previously convicted for several misdemeanors, including assault against a peace officer, driving under the influence and carrying a dangerous weapon under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Shotwell owned an art gallery and was a real estate agent. She and Fordham are both lifetime residents of Beaver County.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.