Jeremy Bailey, a 34-year-old Utah man, is in custody after confessing to the brutal murder of his wife, mother-in-law, and father-in-law, according to a police statement.
On the morning of Friday, May 19, Bailey dialed the dispatch at Layton City Police Department, confessing his involvement in the three deaths. He stayed connected with law enforcement until they reached his residence, situated in the vicinity of Salt Lake City.
On their arrival, police directed Bailey to step outside his home, following which he was apprehended. Within the residence, authorities discovered the lifeless bodies of Bailey’s wife, Anastasia Stevens, 36, along with her stepmother Becky Stevens, 61, and father Donald Stevens, 73.
The investigation further unveiled the deaths of three of the four family dogs. The fatal incident occurred at the home of Jeremy Bailey and Anastasia Stevens while Becky and Donald Stevens were visiting from Nevada.
Layton Police report the motive for these horrific killings remains unknown, with ongoing investigations to determine the cause of death.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Bailey allegedly admitted to contemplating the murders for several days. He also stated that approximately 20 minutes had elapsed after the deaths before he contacted the police, suggesting the idea of a “murder-suicide.”
After the incident, Bailey shockingly announced the murders and posted his home address on his wife’s Facebook page. The affidavit mentioned that one victim had earlier expressed concerns to a therapist, indicating a need for legal intervention upon discovering something unsettling.
Jail records now indicate that Bailey faces charges of aggravated murder, discharging a firearm, and aggravated cruelty to animals.
A neighbor, Del Mar Stevens, unrelated to the victims, described the couple as affable, recalling they offered help when needed. Stevens described them as ordinary neighbors maintaining a low profile, expressing disbelief at the occurrence of such a shocking event in their quiet neighborhood.