Murder charges have been filed against Marlin McQueen. The 35-year-old Preston, Idaho man was arrested Tuesday night, suspected of stabbing Wilden E. Lovin Jr.
McQueen was arraigned in 6th Judicial Court in Preston Wednesday afternoon. He appeared by video from the Cache County Jail. Prosecutors charged him with one count of felony murder, as Judge Eric Hunn set bail at $1,000,000.
Franklin County Sheriff David Fryar said the charges against McQueen came after days of intense interviewing by a team of investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies.
Lovin’s body was found Saturday afternoon by an individual who called 911. When deputies arrived at the home near 515 S. 2200 E. they initially determined his death was a homicide.
Fryar said they suspect McQueen premeditated to kill Lovin, stabbing him multiple times, all over his body. He could not disclose any details about a weapon or possible motive.
Lovin’s body was turned over to the Franklin County Coroner’s Office for identification. It was later released for an autopsy to be conducted, to determine the exact cause of death.
Fryar explained that the results of the autopsy won’t be available for several weeks. He said investigators believe McQueen acted alone and there are no other suspects.
During Wednesday’s court appearance, Judge Hunn scheduled a preliminary hearing for February 13, when prosecutors will present their evidence in the case.