CRIME

Man From Heber City Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of 7-Year-Old

Jul 13, 2021, 5:57 PM | Updated: 9:33 pm

Zaydanielys Rodriguez was fatally shot inside her apartment Friday. (Used by permission, Danny Rodr...

Zaydanielys Rodriguez was fatally shot inside her apartment Friday. (Used by permission, Danny Rodriguez)

(Used by permission, Danny Rodriguez)

HEBER CITY, Utah – Prosecutors upgraded charges against the gunman accused of killing a 7-year-old girl in Heber City. 

Police originally booked Christopher O’Connell into jail on suspicion of manslaughter. On Tuesday, prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder. 

Police said O’Connell and Colin Howells were both drunk when O’Connell fired the shot inside their apartment. 

From left to right: Trever Joe Pinter, Christopher Robert O’Connell, Colin David Howells

The bullet went through a wall and hit 7-year-old Zaydanielys Rodriguez. 

The little girl was rushed to the hospital but didn’t survive. 

Howells is also facing criminal charges, including intoxication.

A third suspect was charged with obstruction of justice.

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Man From Heber City Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of 7-Year-Old