Charges have formally been filed against 16 year old Colin Jeffrey "CJ" Haynie for the January 17th shootings of his mother and three siblings in their Grantsville, Utah home.
“Under Utah Law, if you are 16 years of age or older and you have been charged with a crime of aggravated murder or murder, you automatically are part of the district court,” Tooele County Attorney Scott Broadhead said. As a juvenile though, he is not eligible for the death penalty so the maximum sentence he could receive if convicted is life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Haynie has been charged with 10 felonies, including four counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted aggravated murder and five counts of felony discharge of a firearm with serious bodily injury.
“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 Broadhead, who added this did not appear to be a case of “I snapped.”
According to charging documents, Haynie stayed home from school on January 17th and then waited for each family member to return home.
The first to return home were his mother, 52 year old Consuelo Alejandra Haynie and his 12 year old sister Milan who are reported to have returned home at about 1 pm. Haynie is said to have shot them multiple times in their heads, necks and upper bodies.
About an hour later his 15 year old sister Alexis returned home and was similarly shot multiple times.
His 14 year old brother returned home at 5:15 pm and was shot once in the head.
Charging documents stated that each member of the family appeared to have been shot "fairly soon" after returning home.
The final family member to return home was his father, 50 year old Colin Haynie at about 6 pm. He was shot in the leg and began to struggle with his son for the firearm. During the scuffle, Haynie hit his father in the head with an object causing a gash.
“(The father) said that he told the defendant that the defendant’s mother would be sad if the defendant killed him,” the charge state. “He said the defendant told him that his mother and other siblings were already dead.” According to Broadhead, Haynie told his father at that time that "his intention was to kill everyone in the home except himself.”
Shortly after Colin managed to get the firearm away from his son, a neighbor happened to stop by the house to drop something off. He drove Colin and his son to the hospital and en route, called 911 after the younger Haynie made a comment about shooting his family.
Prosecutors are still trying to figure out why someone that had been determined to kill all of their family members shortly before, then seemingly calmly accompanied their wounded father to the hospital.
“We have no answer at this point as to what his motive or mental state was,” Broadhead said. “He has declined to speak to police.
Haynie's first scheduled court date is for Monday, January 27th.