Shooting leaves county woman dead
On July 28 a shooting occurred in Ferron leaving A'Lisa Joy Weston, 22, dead. Emery County Sheriff Greg Funk said, "This tragedy is going to affect the community and the two families involved. We have sent a number of items out for testing. I cannot comment until we have the results of these tests back which could take weeks. There were blood draws taken, forensic evidence and other items sent for testing. Until the results come back we aren't going to speculate on what has transpired. We know that two people were involved. There was one gun shot at the residence in Ferron. A 911 call came in that said there had been a gunshot. Deputy Tyson Huntington immediately responded with back-up by myself and Capt. Kyle Ekker. Det. John Barnett investigated the scene. The body of the woman was sealed in a bag and taken by a mortuary to the Medical Examiners office in Salt Lake where testing was completed and the body released to the family. It will take six-eight weeks to get the autopsy report back. We executed a search warrant for the residence on July 29. We did trajectory testing. We believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the circumstances surrounding this death.
"Until we have all the facts we don't have the truth of what happened. There were two people involved and one is dead and the other is in jail.
"The rumors are hurting both families and devastating them," said Sheriff Funk.
Brent Langston, Emery County Deputy Attorney said, apparently the two parties involved in the incident were friends. The deceased apparently had a fight with her boyfriend and went over to visit Behling at his residence. She had made statements to the fact that she was suicidal.
"When the call came into dispatch, Behling said she had shot herself, and the evidence that we are aware of would seem to support that. It was his gun and from information he provided he had knowingly handed a loaded gun to her.
"Manslaughter is when someone recklessly causes the death of another. In the initial call the defendant indicated she had shot herself using his gun. This is a tragedy for everyone involved. Indicators are that alcohol was involved with both parties. We don't have those test results back yet. Mr. Behling has bailed out into an inpatient treatment facility. The county attorney's office indicated in court that we would have no objection to an OR release if he went into a treatment facility," said Attorney Langston.
On July 30 charges were filed in the Seventh Judicial District Court for Emery County. Count 1; manslaughter, that on or about July 28 in Emery County the defendant did recklessly cause the death of another, a second degree felony. Count 2-5 - reckless endangerment that on or about July 28, the defendant did under circumstances not amounting to a felony offense, recklessly engage in conduct that created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another person, a class A misdemeanor, count 6 carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. That on or about July 28, the defendant did carry a dangerous weapon while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, a class B misdemeanor.
Randy John Behling (DOB 05/29/1979) has been charged by the Emery County Attorney's office with manslaughter, reckless endangerment and possession of a weapon by intoxicated person. The charges were filed in connection with the death of A'Lisa Weston who died of a gunshot wound at the defendant's residence on July 28.
Preliminary hearing is set in the case for Oct. 16, and bail was set in the amount of $10,000.