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Man facing charges of attempted murder
by Ashley Langston
Jun 04, 2009 | 1417 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Zachary F. King
Zachary F. King
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CEDAR CITY – Zachary Frank King, 23, of Cedar City, was booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility on charges of attempted aggravated murder after police responded to an assault call and found two men with blunt force trauma to their heads.

As of Monday, one victim was in critical condition, but had been through surgery and looked as though he would live, and the other was in serious but stable condition and was able to communicate with police, Cedar City Police Lt. Darin Adams said.

According to a Cedar City Police Department press release, police were called to the 2400 block of 400 South in Cedar City Sunday at about 1:30 a.m. for an assault.

Detective Sgt. Jerry Womack said King was found unconscious, but it was not clear why.

The two victims, a 23-year-old white male and a 20-year-old white male, had been friends with King, and the police did not yet know, Monday morning, why King had become angry with them, Womack said.

Police believed King became angered earlier in the evening, and after selecting a blunt force object from his home, traveled to the residence of the victims, the press release reported.

“Once there, the suspect allegedly entered the residence and traveled to the bedroom of the 20 year old and struck him repeatedly in the head until the victim became unconscious,” according to the press release. “The suspect then allegedly traveled to the bedroom of the 23 year old victim and began striking him in the head until the victim was able to reason with the suspect and stop any further attack.”

Womack said the attack occurred in the family home of one of the victims. The other victim was staying with the other’s family. A third party in the home called 911.

The names of the victims could not be released at press time.

Womack said King was taken to Valley View Medical Center by ambulance. He was released, questioned at the Cedar City Police Department offices, and booked into the correctional facility.

It did not appear that drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident, but tests were being done, Womack said.

King also faces one count of aggravated burglary of a dwelling for entering the home unlawfully with the intent to commit assault.

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