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Zachary Cole Weston Stabbed Grandmother 111 Times In Salt Lake City, Prosecutor Claims

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Zachary Weston of Salt Lake City
Zachary Weston of Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah man accused of stabbing his grandmother 111 times told police he slit her heart and belly and removed several of her internal organs, prosecutors said in court documents.

Police went to 84-year-old Joyce Dexter's Salt Lake City home on Oct. 3 after neighbors heard screams and called 911. Officers found Zachary Cole Weston standing over Dexter's body while holding a bloody knife, according to court records released Friday.

Weston had blood on his clothing and hands and later told investigators he had also cut his grandmother's jugular, the records said.

He was arrested in 2010 after he was accused of pushing his mother and striking a police officer. He pleaded guilty to one of two assault charges.

He was also charged with assault for hitting his father during a Sept. 27 argument.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill declined to comment Friday on a possible motive in the stabbing, but he praised police for responding so quickly.

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