Blackfoot man bound over for trial on murder charge
Magistrate Judge Gilman Gardner found probable cause to bind Blackfoot resident Adan Adolfo Arroyo, 22, for trial after seven hours of testimony in a preliminary hearing on Friday.
Arroyo faces two felony counts, one for first degree murder and the second for use of a deadly weapon in commission of a felony.
Arroyo is accused in the shooting death of 21-year-old Kristy Aschliman on Jan. 19.
Bonneville County deputies said Aschliman had been shot in the head. Investigators said four shots were fired. Aschliman's body was found at 5242 E. Lincoln Rd. Participants in the preliminary hearing and spectators attending the hearing were well-protected. Policemen encircled both the inside and outside of the courtroom.
Thirteen witnesses testified.
One witness positively identified Arroyo as the man who ran down Aschliman and shot her.
Two more witnesses testified they saw a man chasing a woman and that the woman fell. Neither witness saw a gun nor the man's face, however, one witness testified he heard four gunshots because the sound "made the birds fly."
"That got my attention," he said.
Two more witnesses positively identified Arroyo but there is contention about the photos shown them in the police lineup.
Arroyo's next court appearance is at 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, for his arraignment before District Judge Jon Shindurling in the Bonneville County Courthouse.
Prosecuting this case are Bonneville County's Prosecuting Attorney Bruce Pickett and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney James Murdock.
Arroyo's defense attorney is Justin Oleson from Blackfoot.