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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Man Identified In Midvale Beating Death

1-14-2006 Utah:
SALT LAKE CITY Police on Friday identified a man found beaten and unconscious last week as George Benally, 43, of Ogden.

Benally died in a Salt Lake hospital Thursday, five days after being found beaten and wrapped in a blanket in Midvale parking lot. In a coma, Benally, who was carrying no identification, never regained consciousness before his death, Midvale Police Sgt. Steve Shreeve said.

Police released a picture of Benally's swollen face to the news media, which triggered calls to police. An autopsy confirmed his identity, Shreeve said.

A registered sex offender, Benally pleaded guilty to attempted forcible sex abuse in 2001. A father of seven, Benally was on parole at the time of his death and was employed as a steel worker.

Police believe ``someone intentionally attacked him and tried to kill him,'' Assistant Police Chief Tony Mason said. Doctors say Benally suffered multiple blows to the head, but didn't find evidence of beating elsewhere to the body, Mason said.

In hopes of determining what happened, detectives are reviewing a video surveillance tape from a South Salt Lake business near where police located Benally's car. ..more.. by KUTV


Police arrest 3 in beating death of man
2-11-2006 Utah:
MIDVALE — Three people have been arrested in connection with the beating death of a man whose body was found dumped in a parking lot.

Rondal Eddie, 19, was arrested Thursday and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated murder, vehicle theft and robbery. Two others, Cory Preston Lee, 22, and Alexis Tallman, 20, were arrested for investigation of obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence and possession of stolen property.

George Benally, 43, was found beaten and unconscious Jan. 6 near 7200 South and 900 East. He remained in a coma for nearly a week before dying.

Thursday, Midvale homicide detectives developed information that led them to three separate locations in Salt Lake County where they arrested each of the suspects without incident, said Midvale Assistant Police Chief Tony Mason.

The three were acquaintances of the victim, he said. They allegedly had some sort of "falling out" that resulted in the beating death, Mason said.

Mason noted even though some of the suspects were booked for investigation of robbery, that was not the motive for the beating. They allegedly decided to rob Benally only after they had beaten him, he said.

The investigation, which led officers to the Navajo Reservation in the Four Corners region and St. George, will now be screened for charges with the Salt Lake District Attorney's Office. ..more.. by Pat Reavy

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