Colin Jeffery “CJ” Haynie made his first court appearance at the Gordon R. Hall Courthouse in Tooele City on Monday.
The 16-year-old is accused of killing his mother and three siblings on Jan. 17 in their Grantsville home. The teen is charged with 10 felonies including four counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, and five counts of felony discharge of a firearm, according to a press release from Tooele County Attorney Scott Broadhead.
With his father and brother in attendance, CJ Haynie stood before 3rd District Court Judge Dianna Gibson. He was represented by Salt Lake attorney Richard Van Wagoner. Haynie was handcuffed and only spoke to say “yes” when Gibson asked him questions.
Gibson set Haynie’s bail at $4 million. Although he is being tried as an adult, the judge decided that Haynie would continue to be held in a juvenile facility in Salt Lake Valley.
The bail amount, $1 million per victim, was agreed upon by the prosecutors during Monday’s court hearing.
The case has been filed in adult court, rather than juvenile court. According to Utah Code, the 3rd District Court has jurisdiction because Haynie is 16 and is charged with aggravated murder.
But because of the defendant’s age, he will not be eligible for the death penalty. The maximum penalty is life in prison without parole, according to Broadhead.
Haynie’s next hearing is a scheduling conference set for Feb. 4 at 9 a.m.
A motive for the crimes has not been determined at this time.
According to charging documents, Grantsville City police went to the Haynie residence in response to a call on Jan. 17. Upon entering the home they found the bodies of the defendant’s mother, Alejandra, age 52, and his siblings, Alexis, 15, Matthew, 14, and Milan, 12. Haynie’s father, Colin, 50, was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound and later released.
A funeral for the four victims was held Friday afternoon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Grantsville Utah Stake Center (see related front-page story).