Man shoots his father-in-law in church because he was disrespectedBy Mason White 3:47 AM July 23, 2013
|Charles Richard Jennings Jr.|
By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A man told police that he shot his father-in-law in the head because he was disrespected, according to court proceedings in Utah.
Charles Richard Jennings Jr. allegedly had a motive when he entered the St. James the Just Catholic Church, shooting his father-in-law in the head: Respect.
On Monday, Assistant Weber County Attorney Dean Saunders told the second District Judge Michael Lyons that Jennings told authorities he shot and wounded 66-year-old James Evans because “he felt disrespected.”
Lyons then asked Saunders to keep Jennings in the Weber County Jail without bail because Jennings was a danger to the community and he may try to find Evans, who survived the shooting, and “complete the act.”
Defense attorney Michael Bouwhuis opposed the no bail request.
The judge granted the prosecution request and ordered the man held without bail.
Jennings allegedly entered the Catholic Church, located at 495 North Harrison Boulevard, where he pulled out a gun and fired a shot that hit Evans’ right ear and exited through his cheek.
Evans suffered brain damage in the shooting, and his jaw had to be rebuilt.
Jennings is charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of aggravated burglary, all first-degree felonies, along with the possession or use of firearms by a restricted person, also a felony.
After the shooting, Jennings ran out of the church and allegedly stole a truck from a stranger at gunpoint. He was captured several hours later walking down Interstate 84 in Box Elder County after the truck ran out of gas when he apparently tried to flee to Idaho.