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If you found out that you were sending text messages to a dead person, would you:
A) Feel bad about their death and preserve them for posterity
B) Find it shocking and keep them until your phone automatically deleted them
C) Delete the messages and act REALLY suspicious?
If you answered C, then you're in good company with this creeper. From KSL:
A Salt Lake City man has been charged with obstructing justice after police said he deleted text messages from his cell phone after learning the woman he'd sent them to was dead.
Christopher Grant Sutton, 36, is charged with obstructing justice, a second-degree felony, according to charges filed Thursday in 3rd District Court.
Sutton is accused of sending text messages to Ann Marie Jensen, who was found dead in her South Salt Lake apartment from multiple gunshot wounds Nov. 4, charges state. Upon learning Jensen had been shot, Sutton deleted the text messages, according to the charges.
Police said the texts were deleted so Sutton's connection to Jensen's death wouldn't be known.
"Obstruction of Justice" is a broad catch-all whose constitutionality should be questioned. Same with disorderly conduct. This seems like a perfect case. The cops are putting the squeeze on Sutton because he's a suspicious scumbag, and this is the perfect crowbar to leverage his cooperation on the case.
I've seen enough episodes of Law & Order to know what's up.
But that doesn't mean we should accept this kind of behavior from law enforcement.