The victim was identified as 45-year-old Daniel Halseth.
On April 13, Halseth’s 16-year-old daughter, Sierra Halseth, was arrested with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Aaron Guerrero, in Salt Lake City.
KSNV-TV reports Utah Transit Authority officers stopped the teens because they hadn’t paid their fares on a light rail train in the downtown area. Background checks revealed the pair was wanted in Las Vegas. They were then extradited to Nevada.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office determined Daniel Halseth died from “sharp force injuries,” and an indictment against the couple says Halseth was stabbed with a knife.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Daniel Halseth’s mother, Christine Halseth, called police at 1:46 p.m. on April 9 to request a welfare check at her son’s house after Daniel hadn’t been seen or heard from for two days.
Christine Halseth told police there had been three suspicious ATM withdrawals from Daniel’s card, and said Sierra Halseth had not been answering phone calls or texts, the Review-Journal reports.
On April 8, Aaron Guerrero had reportedly run away from home, and was seen on video buying a circular saw, saw blades, bleach, lighter fluid, disposable gloves and a drop cloth from stores near Halseth’s residence, the Review-Journal reports. And ATM surveillance video reportedly shows Sierra Halseth using her father’s debit cards.
KLAS-TV reports a blood-soaked rug was found in the trunk of a car driven by Halseth and Guerrero.
Investigators later found video on Sierra Halseth’s phone allegedly implicating the pair in the murder.
Clark County, Nevada, Chief Deputy District Attorney Pamela Weckerly told a judge the two suspects “announce that this is their YouTube channel, and it’s been three days since the murder, and they kind of laugh about the fact that Aaron Guerrero committed the murder in exchange for … having sex with Sierra Halseth.”
Weckerly said the suspects allegedly tried to dismember Daniel Halseth’s body before the arson.
Sierra Halseth and Aaron Guerrero were indicted in May on charges of murder; conspiracy; arson; robbery; and fraudulent use of a credit card. They were both held without bond.
Court documents say Sierra Halseth and Guerrero had dated from June to December, but their respective parents tried to stop their relationship because the teens reportedly intended to run away to Los Angeles, according to the Review-Journal.
KLAS reports Sierra’s mother, who is divorced from Daniel Halseth, is a former Nevada state senator.