CRIME

Salt Lake man arrested, accused of killing wife

Apr 4, 2023, 8:34 PM | Updated: Apr 5, 2023, 2:26 pm

(Salt Lake City Police Department)...

(Salt Lake City Police Department)

(Salt Lake City Police Department)

SALT LAKE CITY — A 63-year-old man accused of killing his wife is now behind bars.

According to a press release from the Salt Lake City Police Department, a family member of Larry Johnson called the Pleasant Grove Police Department Tuesday and told them the 63-year-old allegedly admitted to a family member that he strangled and killed his wife on Sunday, April 2. The information was then shared with SLC911.

When SLCPD officers arrived at the couple’s apartment on 535 S. 200 East, they found 71-year-old Victoria Johnson dead.

Police said the apartment complex was secured and Johnson was taken into custody by Pleasant Grove police officers.

He was then brought to the Public Safety Building in Salt Lake City as officials processed the crime scene.

According to the affidavit, Johnson told police in an interview that he was “he is diagnosed as bipolar and has not been taking his medications for several months. (Johnson) stated that he ‘lost the ability to protect his wife’ and that he repeatedly struck his wife while she was sitting in her chair and then strangled her to death.'”

He also told police that he was throwing “throwing a large amount of property from the apartment into the dumpster and removing luggage cases out to the parking lot.”

Johnson was later booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail for investigation of murder and obstruction of justice.

Police said this is the fourth homicide in Salt Lake City for 2023.


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Salt Lake man arrested, accused of killing wife