Man accused of killing university student causing trouble in jail

A man accused of shooting and killing a University of Utah student in a carjacking attempt near Red Butte Garden has ...

Posted: Mar 27, 2018 4:58 PM
Updated: Mar 27, 2018 4:58 PM

A man accused of shooting and killing a University of Utah student in a carjacking attempt near Red Butte Garden has been causing quite a bit of trouble while incarcerated at the Salt Lake County Jail, according to a newly unsealed search warrant affidavit.

Austin "AJ" Boutain, 24, is charged with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony and a potential capital offense for the death of U. student ChenWei Guo, 23. Boutain and his wife, Kathleen Boutain, are accused of committing a two-state crime spree that started in Golden, Colorado, where AJ Boutain allegedly killed Mitchell Bradford Ingle, 63, in his RV on Oct. 27.

Boutain has been in custody since Oct. 31. Since his arrest, he has been charged with aggravated assault by a prisoner and possession of a prohibited item in a correctional facility, both second-degree felonies, for allegedly attacking another inmate with a pair of sharpened nail clippers on Jan. 14.

That incident was just one of several problems Boutain has created for corrections deputies since being incarcerated, according to the warrant filed in 3rd District Court.

"Boutain has a history of fashioning weapons out of items issued or found at the jail as a means of aggravated assault by prisoner … or escape from his handcuffs. He also has a history of self-harm," the warrant states.

At least five cases to investigate criminal activity have been opened since Boutain arrived at the jail on Oct. 31, according to the affidavit.

On March 5, Boutain was believed to have "brandished a weapon … inside his cell," the warrant states. He was questioned by a sheriff's lieutenant about the weapon the next day and allegedly confirmed that he had one.

"Lt. Beasley asked Boutain multiple times if he would surrender the weapon, which he replied, 'I can't.' Lt. Beasley asked Boutain for further clarification, wanting to know if he was able and unwilling or willing and unable. Boutain advised her that he was not willing to surrender the weapon," according to the warrant.

A scanner was used in an attempt to locate the weapon.

"Boutain admitted to Lt. Beasley the weapon is made from metal and that he has discovered a way to conceal it from the scanner," the warrant states.

An "object with two straight lines connected by a curved line" was located inside Boutain's body. "It appeared Boutain was clinching the muscles in his buttocks," according to the affidavit.

Investigators noted that it wasn't the first time Boutain had attempted to hide objects in his body.

In one case, he took a screw from a light cover and hid it in his nasal cavity, the warrant states. In another case, a deputy overheard Boutain telling another prisoner "that he has concealed an item in his rectal cavity."

In a third incident, "Boutain threatened to cause bodily harm and/or death to deputies with the knife, or 'shank' created by Boutain using a piece of metal, approximately 12 inches long, from a recreation yard door. Boutain stated he had made two 'shanks' and his intent was to stab and kill (jail) deputies. One shank was recovered, the other was never located," according to the affidavit.

For the March incident, investigators told Boutain that he either had to turn over the item or "he could be transported to the hospital to have medical personnel retrieve and remove it."

Because of Bountain's "propensity for violence" and "his creativity in fashioning weapons and items to aid his escape from shackles," deputies wrote a warrant requesting further scans and X-rays at a local hospital and "the extraction of - using the least invasive medical procedure - any found foreign object."

The object was not removed by doctors because the warrant did not specify extracting it "without consent," according to the affidavit. It was not immediately known Monday if a second warrant was written.

A Salt Lake County Jail spokesman would not comment on whether a weapon was surgically extracted from Boutain's body, citing federal medical privacy laws.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 22464

Reported Deaths: 942
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin7540565
Ramsey2610103
Stearns198412
Nobles14883
Anoka126259
Dakota118244
Olmsted57510
Washington56230
Kandiyohi4751
Rice4112
Clay40625
Scott3792
Todd2960
Wright2691
Sherburne2192
Mower2161
Carver1852
Benton1692
Steele1480
Martin1265
Blue Earth1221
St. Louis11513
Freeborn970
Pine850
Winona7815
Nicollet747
Carlton730
Cottonwood650
Otter Tail620
Unassigned6110
Goodhue603
Watonwan590
Polk592
Crow Wing571
Itasca537
Chisago501
Dodge460
Chippewa441
Meeker440
Le Sueur431
Morrison400
Douglas390
Jackson390
Becker370
Murray360
Lyon360
Isanti330
McLeod290
Waseca240
Rock210
Swift170
Pennington170
Mille Lacs171
Fillmore171
Wabasha170
Brown142
Faribault130
Beltrami130
Sibley130
Cass122
Norman110
Wilkin113
Kanabec111
Pipestone100
Marshall90
Pope80
Wadena80
Aitkin70
Koochiching70
Yellow Medicine60
Lincoln50
Renville50
Mahnomen51
Red Lake40
Traverse30
Big Stone30
Clearwater30
Redwood30
Grant30
Lac qui Parle30
Houston20
Lake10
Hubbard10
Roseau10
Kittson10

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 18342

Reported Deaths: 496
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk3876115
Woodbury265831
Black Hawk171343
Linn93876
Marshall87815
Dallas87317
Buena Vista6820
Johnson6058
Muscatine54741
Wapello5384
Crawford4882
Tama40026
Scott34610
Louisa33610
Dubuque33016
Jasper25716
Pottawattamie2277
Sioux2100
Washington1858
Wright1240
Allamakee1194
Plymouth1191
Warren1140
Story961
Poweshiek888
Mahaska888
Bremer676
Henry671
Clinton601
Des Moines581
Boone560
Taylor480
Cedar461
Guthrie443
Clarke400
Benton391
Jones360
Iowa360
Monroe354
Shelby350
Clayton313
Buchanan310
Osceola310
Marion300
Webster291
Hamilton280
Madison261
Fayette260
Monona240
Lee230
Cherokee230
Winneshiek230
Cerro Gordo221
Davis200
Jefferson190
Harrison190
Lyon190
Grundy190
Floyd181
Sac170
Mills160
Hardin150
Butler150
Delaware150
Humboldt140
Ida140
Keokuk140
Hancock140
Appanoose133
Jackson130
Dickinson130
Clay130
Greene130
Howard120
Audubon121
Winnebago110
Cass110
Page100
Van Buren90
Franklin90
Carroll90
Pocahontas90
Chickasaw80
Emmet80
Unassigned80
Kossuth80
Adair70
Adams70
Lucas70
Union60
Montgomery60
Mitchell50
Ringgold40
Fremont40
Palo Alto30
Worth30
Calhoun20
Decatur10
Wayne10
Rochester
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 61°
Mason City
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 62°
Albert Lea
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 64°
Austin
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 64°
Charles City
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 63°
Lingering showers Thursday AM will turn to sunshine by the afternoon
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Sean Weather 5/28 2

Image

Churches prepare to allow hundreds in doors

Image

Sean Weather 5/28

Image

Destination Medical Center boosting Rochester Recovery

Image

Protests at Henneppin County Government Center

Image

Rochester reacts to Minneapolis situation

Image

Unemployment numbers in Rochester

Image

DMC's five year plan and COVID-19

Image

Salvation Army Needs Hygiene Products

Image

Giving Back To Essential Workers

Community Events