Update: Ogden police ID 74-year-old man found dead in alley

Ogden police investigating a homicide on July 16, 2018. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Nancy Van Valkenburg

OGDEN, Utah, July 18, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Police have identified a man found dead in an alley in Ogden Monday morning.

The deceased is David Marvin Paulson, Ogden Police Department officials said in a news release Wednesday. Detectives have not been able to locate Paulson’s next of kin.

Ogden police responded to a report of an adult male laying bleeding in an alley in the area of 2610 Monroe Blvd. just after 7 a.m. The victim was found, deceased, between El Pollo Rico Mexican restaurant and an apartment building, an Ogden Police Department news release said.

After several hours of investigation, Ogden Police detectives and Weber Homicide Task Force investigators took Jose Robert Zamora, 22, into custody. He was booked on charges of first-degree felony murder and second-degree felony obstruction of justice.

“Zamora is a neighbor and has had an ongoing dispute with the victim,” the news release said.

A probable cause statement from police said: “We found a witness who claimed that around midnight, he had been walking on 26th Street, approaching El Pollo Rico. He stopped in front of the restaurant, approximately 20 to 30 feet north from the alley just south of El Pollo Rico. He observed the suspect male that he recognized, both from his work at Family Dollar and more currently at 7-Eleven, approaching from the north on Monroe Boulevard, walking south.”

The suspect male passed him and walked a short distance south and turned east up the alley. The witness did not know the man’s name, but he did know his face, the statement said.

“A few moments after the suspect male went into the alleyway the witness heard what he described as a physical altercation, and a high-pitched scream. He stated that a short time later, the suspect male he knew exited and alley and was sweating profusely and breathing heavily. He asked the suspect male if he was OK and the male ran south on Monroe.”

The witness took part in a photo lineup and identified Zamora as the suspect.

Another witness, who also recognized Zamora, said she saw the suspect outside her window around midnight. The witness said she had asked Zamora what he was doing and he told her he was going to “kill that old man.” She went outside and spoke with Zamora and he told her that he planned to wait outside the victim’s apartment and kill him because the victim had been following his daughter.

Upon locating and detaining Zamora, he was transported to the Ogden City Police Department for an interview.

Jose Robert Zamora. Photo Courtesy: Ogden Police Department

“Zamora explained that his problems with the victim in the past included the incident approximately two days prior,” the statement said. “He admitted to punching the victim who had run off during that altercation. He stated that the victim had followed his daughter in the past and that one night he had seen the victim peeking into his daughter’s window.”

In the early hours of Monday, Zamora told police that he took a walk to his local 7-Eleven to the north. As he returned, he noticed Paulson sitting on the porch to his apartment.

“He stated that his rage built and he called out to the victim asking him what he was looking at and then proceeded to charge at him,” the statement said. “The victim got up and went to enter his apartment but was struck from behind by Zamora. Zamora claims that he did not recall all the details, but that he struck the victim with a stick multiple times.”

After the assault, Zamora began to leave, but then returned and delivered two more punches to the victim, who he said did not appear to be conscious. The statement also said Zamora’s girlfriend claimed he had sent her a picture message of the victim following the assault.

Zamora then told police that he returned home, removed his bloody clothing and showered. He then took the clothing that he had worn in the assault as well as the weapon, placed them into a white garbage bag and threw that bag into a garbage can. He left in the morning to his family’s home in Davis County.

Police are requesting Zamora be held without bail.

Anyone with information about Paulson is asked to contact [email protected] or Detective Wilson at 801-629-8257.

Gephardt Daily will update this story as more information becomes available.

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