Colin Jeffrey Haynie: Who is he? Utah teen admits killing his mother and three siblings
Haynie fatally shot his three siblings Alexis, 17, Mathew, 15, and Maylan, 12, and his mother, Consuelo Alejandra Haynie, 52.
GRANTSVILLE, UTAH: On Tuesday, a Grantsville, Utah man admitted to killing his mother and three siblings in early 2020 at the age of 16. Colin Jeffrey Haynie, now 19, was present at the Tooele courthouse when his attorney announced that he had pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted aggravated murder. Haynie shot his three siblings Alexis (17), Mathew (15) and Maylan (12) and his mother Consuelo Alejandra Haynie (52).
Haynie admitted to shooting and wounding his father, Colin Haynie, and to one count of attempted aggravated murder. They’re all first-degree felonies, all five counts. When the judge asked Haynie if he would waive his right to a preliminary hearing by presenting the guilty pleas, Haynie replied yes. The Tooele County Attorney’s Office issued a press release saying the potential penalty for each crime is “an indefinite sentence of not less than 25 years and possibly life” because Haynie was 16 when he shot his family .
According to prosecutors, Haynie skipped school on January 17, 2020 to await his family’s return home. The teenager is said to have shot and killed his mother and sister Maylan, 12, when they arrived around 1pm that day. According to prosecutors, both people suffered numerous gunshot wounds to the head, neck and upper body. Later that day, Haynie reportedly did the same to his two siblings, Mathew, 14, and Alexis, 15, according to an indictment document.
The charge of attempted aggravated murder stems from Haynie shooting his father in the leg that same evening when he returned home. After a gun fight in which the elder Haynie was only slightly injured, Haynie reportedly managed to hit his father in the head with a hard, unidentified object. When the allegations against Haynie were made public, Tooele County Attorney Scott Broadhead said a neighbor then called 911 and drove the father and boy to the hospital. He said the hospital locked the teenager up.
According to court documents, “The father testified that he told the defendant that the defendant’s mother would be sorry if the defendant murdered him.” He claimed that the defendant informed him that his mother and other siblings had passed away. A family friend reportedly took the two to hospital for treatment after the father was able to take the revolver from his son.
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When Haynie’s father asked the boyfriend to take her to the hospital, KSL reported that the pal “just happened to be dropping by the house to drop something, unaware of the horrific events that had taken place.” Haynie reportedly informed the family friend that he had just killed his family members as they were being driven to the hospital. From the car, the friend dialed 911 and police arrested Haynie at the hospital. Since his imprisonment, the youth is said to have refused to cooperate. He has steadfastly refused to speak about his motivation for the atrocities, despite telling investigators that he plans to kill everyone in the house but himself. Haynie, who is currently scheduled to appear at his sentencing hearing on December 7, 2022, is being held in a juvenile detention center on $4 million bail.