Colin Jeffery “CJ” Haynie has been charged with four counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted aggravated murder, and five counts of discharge of a firearm in the shooting deaths of his mother and three siblings and the wounding of his father, KSL reported on Wednesday.
Prosecutors revealed disturbing details of the January 17 incident at the Haynie home in Grantsville, Utah.
“This happened over a five hour period, piece by piece by piece by piece. This wasn’t one horrific act all occurring in one minute,” said Tooele County Attorney Scott Broadhead. It wasn’t a case of “I snapped,” he said.
Colin Haynie, CJ’s father and the family member who was wounded, said his son told him “his intention was to kill everyone in the house except himself,” according to charging documents filed Wednesday.
CJ’s mother, Consuelo Alejandra Haynie, 52, and sister, 12-year-old Milan, arrived home from school at about 1 p.m., the charging documents say. He shot both multiple times in the head and upper body. An hour later, 15-year-old Alexis arrived home and was shot multiple times in the head and upper body.
Then, CJ Haynie waited more than three hours for his brother Matthew, 14, to return home. The charges say he shot Matthew once in the head.
Shortly after 6 p.m., Colin Haynie arrived home, and CJ shot him in the leg, the documents say. The two struggled over the gun.
“(The father) said that he told the defendant that the defendant’s mother would be sad if the defendant killed him,” the charges say. “He said the defendant told him that his mother and other siblings were already dead.”
According to the documents, Colin Haynie managed to secure the weapon, and a neighbor stopped by unannounced to return something borrowed. KSL said Colin Haynie asked the neighbor to drive the two to the hospital. On the say, the documents say, CJ Haynie told the neighbor he’d killed his family, prompting the neighbor to call 911.
Broadhead said Wednesday investigators had no idea of a motive for the killings and that CJ Haynie had not been cooperative with detectives. Colin Haynie has not yet spoken with prosecutors either, he said, adding that he and an older son — who was away at college when the shooting took place — were “trying to wrap their heads around this horrific event.”
CJ Haynie is due in court on Monday, and Broadhead said investigators were still combing through electronic devices and conducting interviews.
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