WASHINGTON COUNTY – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office released additional information surrounding 17-year-old Joshua Canfield, charged with the murder of 58-year-old Geraldine Bommerito, of Toquerville.
Sheriff’s deputies were in Toquerville early Wednesday morning investigating a residential burglary in which two firearms and collectable coins had been stolen, according to a probable cause statement released by the Sheriff’s Office. Canfield was subsequently identified as a possible suspect in the burglary.
“Canfield was later seen at a convenience store in Washington City where he made a purchase using coins consistent with those taken in the burglary,” the report stated. Witnesses contacted police and supplied a description of the vehicle Canfield was driving, as well as its license plate number.
Bommerito was identified as the owner of the vehicle. Deputies found her dead in her home from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The vehicle believed to belong to Bommerito was also near Springdale. The vehicle had been completely torched, according to a press release.
Canfield was initially listed as a person of interest in the case, then named a suspect as the investigation progressed. Detectives found Canfield in Springdale. According to the statement, he had two firearms in his possession at the time of his arrest “which were consistent with evidence located at the homicide scene.”
Canfield was described as being “belligerent and combative” with officers upon initial contact with the detectives. He was booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility on Saturday after receiving medical clearance.
He is being held at Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility. Canfield will be held in segregation from the general populace until he turns 18 on March 28.
The Washington County Attorney’s Office could file additional charges against Canfield as the case is reviewed. Canfield is being charged as an adult as per Utah Code, which allows authorities to charge a teen as an adult in cases of murder and aggravated murder.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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