Two Moab teens have been charged as adults with first-degree murder in the death of a 33-year-old Moab man. The mother of one of the boys was arrested on suspicion of obstruction of justice, according to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
Brody Blu Kruckenberg and Charles Anthony Nelson, both 16, were also charged with obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony, in connection with the shooting of Gregorio Salazar Campos. Charges against the teens were filed April 8 in 7th District Court in Moab. If convicted of the first-degree murder charge, the teenage boys could be sentenced to up to life in prison.
Nelson and Kruckenberg are now being held in Grand County Jail. Bail has been set at $100,000 each, according to information from the sheriff’s office.
Kruckenberg’s mother, Corina Yardley, 44, was arrested Monday, April 8, and booked into Grand County Jail on the obstruction charge and is being held on a $10,000 cash-only bond. Investigators allege that Yardley helped the two boys cover up the crime. Formal charges have not yet been filed with 7th District Court, but Grand County Attorney Andrew Fitzgerald said Wednesday he expects to file the formal charges “in a couple of days.”
The two teens were taken into custody April 6 after an unidentified person told investigators Nelson had confessed to the killing and said the victim “was an illegal so no one will miss him,” according to a probable cause statement released Wednesday morning by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
The informant told investigators that Nelson said a friend – later identified as Kruckenberg – wanted Nelson to help him kill a man. That man was later identified as Campos, who was allegedly shot while he slept in Yardley’s bed, according to the probable cause statement.
“The [informant said the] friend could not do it and asked Tony to do it. Tony said it was not his deal, but was talked into doing it by his friend,” the investigators wrote. “Tony then tells how he pointed the gun through a crack in the doorway of [Yardley’s] bedroom. He describes the first shot as going through the bottom of the jaw. The victim started to regurgitate and Tony shot him two more times.”
Nelson and Kruckenberg were questioned by investigators and allegedly provided details of the shooting and information that led to the recovery of Campos’ body, according to the probable cause statement.
The teens allegedly used Yardley’s pickup truck to transport Campos’ body to the Colorado River, where they tied it to a metal bumper and dumped it into the water, the investigator wrote.
Investigators allege Yardley helped cover up the crime by allowing the teens to use her vehicle to dispose of Campos’ body, according to another probable cause statement. Yardley also allegedly “cleaned blood from carpet and a wall in the room where the crime occurred,” and “removed mattresses and bedding from the scene,” and investigators obtained a receipt showing she bought a new mattress during the time frame in question, according to the documents from the sheriff’s office.
Campos’ body was found Sunday, April 7, near an old bridge footing in the Colorado River just north of Moab, Grand County Sheriff Steve White said Monday. The body was sent to the Utah Medical Examiner for autopsy. The official cause of death has not been released, but Campos suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head, White said Monday. He said three bullet fragments were recovered from Campos’ head. Sheriff’s investigators have not released information about the type of gun used in the crime or whether the weapon has been found.
Campos’ sister had contacted the Moab City Police Department on March 29 to report her brother was missing, according to Moab Police Chief Mike Navarre. City police interviewed Yardley at that time and she said she had last seen Campos earlier in the day on March 25 at her home, according to a Moab City Police report. Yardley told police that Campos was gone when she returned home from work and she had not seen him since.
Court documents indicate that Campos was killed on March 25.
A search warrant was executed at Yardley’s home on Moab’s west side and investigators said an area at the head of the bed, carpeting and wall in Yardley’s bedroom tested positive for blood. Investigators also said that the bed “was found to be new and replaced on [March 30].”
Nelson and Kruckenberg are scheduled for an initial court appearance on April 23. A court date has not yet been set for Yardley.