Charged: Suspect in Sgt. Bill Hooser’s Death Faces 9 Felonies Amid Formal Proceedings

Salt Lake City, Utah – A suspect in the death of Sgt. Bill Hooser faces formal charges in a case that has stirred emotions throughout the Santaquin community. The Utah County Attorney’s Office announced the filing of nine felonies against Michael Aaron Jayne, who allegedly used a semi-truck to fatally strike Hooser during a routine traffic stop.

The charges were revealed in a statement after Hooser’s emotional memorial service in Orem, with prosecutors refraining from discussing the specifics of the case until the trial concludes. County Attorney Jeffrey Gray emphasized the importance of ensuring that jurors rely solely on admissible evidence, rather than information leaked to the media.

According to court documents, Jayne’s alleged actions on the day of the incident were deliberate and targeted, resulting in Hooser’s tragic death. Escaping from the scene, Jayne led law enforcement on a pursuit that eventually ended over 150 miles away, where he was apprehended.

The charges recommended by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, the arresting agency, include first-degree aggravated murder, attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping, burglary, and multiple vehicle theft charges. If convicted, Jayne could face severe penalties, including life imprisonment without parole or the death penalty.

Former prosecutor Nathan Evershed highlighted the complexity of maintaining a balance between public disclosure and preserving the integrity of the case. The decision to withhold certain evidence from the public was explained as an effort to prevent potentially damaging details from jeopardizing the prosecution’s case.

As Jayne prepares to appear in court to be formally informed of the charges, the community remains on edge, seeking justice for the loss of Sgt. Hooser. The upcoming legal proceedings will undoubtedly shed more light on the tragic events that unfolded on that fateful day.