Jeremy Belt: Man, 26, attacks grandparents with hammer before fatally shooting them in home garage

Belt allegedly told cops during his interview that he was concerned that his grandparents and other family members 'attempted to harm him'

Jeremy Belt: Man, 26, attacks grandparents with hammer before fatally shooting them in home garage
A Clearfield couple was found dead in their garage 23 Nov afternoon (Screenshot/Fox 13 News Utah)
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CLEARFIELD, UTAH: An elderly married couple was found deceased in their home garage. Their grandson, Jeremy Belt, 26 is now in custody, with the police believing that he’s the killer. Belt was taken into custody on Wednesday, November 23, and is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, one count of assault, and many other charges as well. The identity of the deceased elderly couple is not yet released.

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A call was made to the Clearfield police in the afternoon at around 3.00 pm and they soon made it to the scene. The mother of the accused, 60, had called the police when she found her parents, an 87-year-old father and an 85-year-old mother dead in their garage. She had told the police that she believes her son to be the killer, according to FOX13. At the time of the call, she believed he was still in the home. Belt had been living in the basement of his grandparents’ home.

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When the police arrived, they made a perimeter around the home and also escorted the daughter to safety. She later received a call from her son inside the home and he had also spoken to the officers. They eventually convinced him to step out of the home and took him into custody. It is also reported that the police had enough evidence in hand to charge Belt with the murder and after questioning, he himself admitted to committing the crime as well.

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The police believe that Belt thought there was a threat to his life due to his family members and had confronted his grandparents about it too. Following the confrontation, he hit them in the back of their head with a hammer and killed them both by shooting them. It is also documented that the couple had tried to escape the garage before being attacked too, but Belt had cut out the motor wire to the garage door and made sure they could not leave. Belt also admitted to attacking another family member earlier in the day, resulting in the victim getting a black eye.

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ABC4 reports that a search of the scene was conducted as well, where the investigators had managed to seize multiple variants of drugs such as psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana and drug use-related equipment. They also found a rifle in Belt’s bedroom.

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Belt is charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated murder; transaction of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony; assault, a class B misdemeanor; possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor; and criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor.

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