Utahn arrested in Orem metal pipe assault that later killed a man

An Orem man was arrested Thursday for investigation of homicide in reference to a steel pipe assault at his residence in August. (Spaxiax, Shutterstock)

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OREM — A person who claimed he hit one other man with a steel pipe in self-defense in August has now been arrested for investigation of homicide.

Preston Marsh, 39, of Orem, was booked into the Utah County Jail on Thursday.

On Aug. 22, Orem police have been referred to as to Marsh’s residence, 1169 W. 400 South, on a report of an assault. Officers discovered the sufferer within the driveway, unconscious with a head damage.

“The suspect, Preston Marsh, said that he hit the sufferer within the head with a steel pipe out of self-defense as a result of sufferer threatening him,” in response to a police reserving affidavit.

Medical doctors said the sufferer had a “minor mind bleed” that required staples to shut the wound. However a number of days later, the sufferer suffered a seizure “and medical workers indicated the seizures have been doubtless tied to the mind damage attributable to Preston,” the affidavit states.

On Nov. 1, the sufferer — who will not be recognized within the arrest report — was discovered unconscious by his girlfriend and later died. An post-mortem was performed and the health worker concluded “the reason for loss of life was a seizure attributable to the unique damage inflicted by Preston Marsh,” the affidavit says.

Detectives have been in a position to acquire residence surveillance video of the incident and noticed Marsh hit the sufferer, however “there was no act seen within the footage that might be interpreted as an act of risk, violence, or assault towards Preston,” police wrote within the affidavit.

Police cited the Utah code for arresting an individual for suspicion of murder and famous that “an affordable particular person would know that delivering a blow to an individual’s head utilizing a big, steel pipe would trigger severe bodily damage and will simply trigger a mind damage, which might be harmful to human life, and even loss of life.”

As of Friday, no formal legal prices have been filed in opposition to Marsh within the case.

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