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

Zaydanielys Rodriguez was fatally shot inside her apartment Friday. (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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