Ethan Hunsaker in an undated photo furnished by the Layton Law enforcement Office by means of Affiliated Press. Law enforcement say Hunsaker on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, pleaded mentally ill and guilty to choking and stabbing 25-12 months-aged Ashlyn Black, of Layton, right after conference her on the popular dating application Tinder in May perhaps 2020. (Layton Police Section)
FARMINGTON — A 25-year-aged Utah male has admitted to killing a lady without having provocation on their to start with day.
Ethan Hunsaker pleaded guilty and mentally unwell Tuesday in Farmington’s 2nd District Court to the May possibly 2020 murder of Ashlyn Black.
If a decide agrees that Hunsaker is mentally ill, the plea enables him to obtain treatment method at the state’s psychiatric medical center before he begins serving out his sentence in the Utah State Jail. He faces at minimum 15 decades and up to life for the very first-degree felony.
Next District Decide David Connors is set to assessment an analysis and make a ruling following a hearing Aug. 27.
Hunsaker’s psychological health at the time of Black’s murder is just not a factor. Instead, Connors will make a choice dependent on his recent standing.
Just after conference on Tinder final calendar year, the pair went to a bar and returned to Hunsaker’s household, where he choked and stabbed Black hrs later on although they ended up cuddling, courtroom documents say.
Hunsaker identified as law enforcement early on May possibly 24 and documented that he experienced killed anyone he’d fulfilled on social media. Theirs was a “usual date,” with no argument, Hunsaker told law enforcement. Attorneys say Hunsaker has mental health problems but have not presented information.
Joshua Egan, an attorney representing Black’s household, said Hunsaker’s responsible plea delivered “tremendous aid” for her loved ones.
Black adored doing work with children with disabilities, was fast to discuss up for other folks and dreamed of starting a spouse and children of her own, according to her household. They have described her as a lover of camping, the band Nirvana, and classic clothes.
Prosecutors say Hunsaker had believed up means to eliminate and kidnap others soon in advance of Black’s dying and expressed a need to have police eliminate him.
His plea was not element of an settlement with prosecutors and failed to need their acceptance, deputy Davis County lawyer Jason Nelson emphasised immediately after the hearing held via videoconference on Tuesday.
“We never ever offered a plea deal in this case,” Nelson stated.
A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.
The Utah Office of Health and fitness presents suicide prevention support on utahsuicideprevention.org/suicide-prevention-fundamentals. The Nationwide Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255, and aid is available by the SafeUT application.
Totally free and confidential aid and assist for victims and survivors of domestic violence is accessible 24/7 at 1-800-897-Backlink (5465) or at udvc.org.
Contributing: Dan Rascon