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Preston man charged with first-degree murder

UPDATE 3:30 p.m. — A 35-year-old Preston man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the killing of Wilden Lovin Jr.

A warrant of arrest was filed and served on Marlin McQueen Wednesday.

According to the sheriff’s office, “The complaint continues: That the Defendant, Marlin McQueen, on or about the 26th day of January 2019, in the county of Franklin, State of Idaho did willfully, unlawfully, deliberately, with premeditation, and with malice aforethought and/or intentional application of torture, kill and murder Wilden E. Lovin, a human being, by stabbing Wilden E. Lovin multiple times all over the body inflicting wounds from which he died, all of which is against the peace and dignity of the State of Idaho.”

McQueen was arraigned in the Magistrate Court and bond was set at $1,000,000.

McQueen’s pre-trial hearing has been set for Feb. 13.

If McQueen is found guilty, he could be sentenced to death or life in prison.



A man has been arrested for causing the death of 31-year-old Wilden Lovin Jr.

Marlin McQueen, 35, of Preston, was arrested by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, after “four days of vigorous investigation.”

Lovin was found dead inside his Preston home on Saturday. The party that discovered his body immediately noticed that something seemed off and notified officers.

Responding deputies noticed signs of foul play and began to consider his death a homicide soon after.

McQueen, who is currently being held, without bond, at the Cache County Jail in Logan, Utah, has previous arrests for battery and unlawful entry.

Charges have not yet been filed but McQueen is expected to make an appearance before a Franklin County, via phone, Wednesday.

The cause of Lovin’s death is still unknown but Wednesday’s autopsy should provide the answer.

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