A 16-year-old girl from Las Vegas and her boyfriend have been charged with murdering and attempting to kill the teenager’s father, who had been against their relationship, before fleeing to Salt Lake City in the victim’s car.
The suspects, identified in court documents as Sierra Halseth, 16, and Aaron Guerrero, 18, were taken into custody in Utah on Tuesday, awaiting extradition to Nevada to face counts of outright murder in connection with the death of Daniel Halseth.
The incident began Friday afternoon when firefighters responded to a call about a house on fire in Block 8400 of Dunphy Court.
Aaron Guerreo, 18 (left), and his girlfriend, Sierra Halseth, 16, face allegations of outright murder for the murder of the girl’s father, Daniel Halseth, 45 (right)
First responders arrived at Halseth’s Las Vegas home on Friday to find his burned body in the garage of his fire-damaged home
Police say the suspects set fire to the property in block 8400 of Dunphy Court in an attempt to cover up the murder before escaping to Salt Lake City in the victim’s car.
When first responders entered the on-site garage, they found the homeowner’s burnt body.
The Clark County coroner’s office positively identified the victim as Danie Halseth on Tuesday and determined that he died of sharp injuries.
Police said they believe that Halseth was stabbed to death before his daughter and her boyfriend set the house on fire.
Investigators said the duo had bought a chainsaw, a circular saw and a handsaw and tried to chop Halseth’s body to pieces before setting fire to the house to cover up the crime. ABC4
The two teens then allegedly stole the victim’s car and some of his money, and drove more than 400 miles to Salt Lake City.
Police said they received surveillance video from several stores showing Sierra and her friend purchasing the sawing equipment, lighter fluid and bleach.
Sierra and Guerrero are expected to be extradited to La Vegas, where they will likely be charged as adults.
A coroner determined that Halseth died of serious injuries. The divorced father of three was set on fire after his death
Police say Halseth had recently made comments that he did not want Guerrero to date his daughter.
Halseth was previously married to Nevada State Senator Elizabeth Halseth and had three children with her, including Sierra. At the time of his death, he worked as a manager at an IT consultancy.
Halseth was previously married to Nevada State Senator Elizabeth Halseth and had three children with her
The couple’s 11-year marriage was marred by allegations of domestic violence and ended in a contentious divorce after Halseth pleaded guilty to two coercion and indictment, and was sentenced to probation, according to Las Vegas Review Journal.
Halseth’s ex-wife has since remarried and has changed her last name to Helgelien.
Helgelien was concerned when she had not heard from him for a while and called his mobile on Friday, but he did not answer, the police said. She then contacted her daughter Sierra, who claimed that her father was in the shower and that his phone was broken.
Helgelien also called a family friend, who came by the house and discovered signs of fire and blood stains in the house.
Halseth’s family has issued a statement to 8NewsNow, saying they were heartbroken.
“We love Daniel without words,” read the rest of the statement. He loved his children and was a great father. We currently ask for privacy and respect for the family. ‘