Murder suspect remains hospitalized in critical condition

Christian A. Emerson, 26, of Smithfield accused of shooting Amanda Lee Hoyt, 26, Saturday night, February 7 in North Logan. 

LOGAN — Police say the suspect in Saturday night’s murder in North Logan remains hospitalized in critical condition after supposedly shooting himself in the head. Christian Emerson was the driver of a white Subaru, found in the front yard of a home near 2950 North 1800 East. The 26-year-old Smithfield man was unconscious but breathing.

Amanda Lee Hoyt was the passenger in the car. The 26-year-old North Logan woman had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Emerson was flown to a Salt Lake City hospital. North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes said investigators are receiving updates on Emerson’s condition as they determine what happened.

“Everything that we have received has come from his family so we are not exactly sure what his status is,” said Hawkes. “We will be working with the hospital to try to develop a little better detailed report as to his status. At this point in time, were kind of a ways away from trying to decide how we might interview potentially, Christian.”

Emerson and Hoyt were reportedly dating and had been discussing the possibility of getting married. According to reports, the two were seen earlier in the day, drinking at a party.

Hawkes said an autopsy is being performed Hoyt’s body and should be completed soon. Investigators are also interviewing those who had contact with the couple earlier in the day.

“Just to determine where they were at, what they were involved in, if there was anything unusual or things that might have led up to an incident like this,” said Hawkes. “We still have a fair amount of investigation work to do before we are prepared to really say this is what we think happened and maybe why.”

Oregon court records show Emerson was convicted of rape, a third-degree felony, in 2007. Hawkes said he isn’t aware of any criminal history Emerson had here locally.

Hoyt’s family has released a statement saying in part, Amanda had a bright outlook on life and was looking forward to a future being a nurse. She had a kind heart and will be terribly missed.

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