Man confesses to murdering 15-year-old girl in SLC, police say

Shaun French mug shot. (Photo courtesy of Salt Lake County Jail)

(KUTV) — Shaun French, who is suspected of murdering 15-year-old Baleigh Bagshaw, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday evening after confessing to the murder, police say.

Detectives traveled to Otero County in Colorado where French was arrested, and took French into their custody. He was then taken back to Utah, where he was booked into jail.

French confessed the killing to two individuals, court documents state. He admitted his involvement in Baleigh's death on Wednesday.

Bagshaw was murdered in her Salt Lake City home on May 7 while speaking to her mother on the phone.

According to court documents, a person saw blood on French's hands and face immediately after the homicide. He also, according to documents, provided details about the case that were not public knowledge. He said he entered the home through a basement window.

French, 24, was living in the home with Bagshaw and her mother. He was immediately a suspect in her death.

On May 9, French was arrested in Colorado on a warrant for unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

"I'm happy that he has been caught, and now I hope that justice can be served," said Shauna Bagshaw, Baleigh Bagshaw's mother.

Mikayla, an ex-girlfriend of French, said he is "a very dangerous man" and that he had access to guns and knives, and that "he knows how to fight."

French was booked on charges of aggravated murder and aggravated burglary, in addition to his outstanding warrants of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

On May 15, authorities spent over 250 staffing hours searching the Uintah County Landfill near Evanston, Wyoming that produced evidence related to the case.

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