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OGDEN – A defense attorney claims two ex-girlfriends of murder suspect Jordan Koji Ramirez-Sasaki lied about his alleged confession because the women were in a scheme to collect a $10,000 reward for his arrest and conviction.
Ramirez-Sasaki, 27, is charged with aggravated murder on October 10, 2016, in the death of his girlfriend’s 22-month-old daughter, Genesis McCall, in Roy. Police arrested Sasaki-Ramirez on January 12 in Salt Lake County.
In the charging documents, police and prosecutors said they made sworn statements from the suspect’s ex-wife and two later girlfriends that he confessed to the murder.
But in a motion filed Thursday in 2nd District Court, Ramirez-Sasaki’s attorney, John Quinn, of Draper, submitted a screenshot of an undated Snapchat message he said was from the one of the ex-girlfriends apologizing to Ramirez-Sasaki.
“I’m sorry Jordan for lying to detectives about the murder of Genesis Macall (sic),” the post read in part. The post said someone “has this scam to get the $10,000”.
The message continued: “I should never have lied about something like this to ruin your reputation and your life, please forgive me.”
Quinn’s motion came in the context of his efforts to persuade Judge Noel Hyde to grant bail to Ramirez-Sasaki, who has been held without bail at the Weber County Jail since his arrest.
Quinn requested a postponement of an upcoming bail hearing because he tried unsuccessfully to obtain the woman’s address from the Weber County District Attorney’s office. He said the office refused to provide the address of “a key witness whom the defendant believes is necessary for a fair hearing on the issue of bail”.
The attorney said charges were slow to be filed against Ramirez-Sasaki, a six-year-old, “because there is very little evidence.” Without the ex-girlfriend’s assertion that Ramirez-Sasaki confessed to killing the child to her, “charges against the defendant would not be possible,” Quinn said.
Given the woman’s seemingly contradictory statements, her presence at the bail hearing would be vital, Quinn said.
He said the county attorney’s office denied the woman’s address requests, saying its policy was not to release addresses. Quinn claimed that discovery court rules require prosecutors to provide this information to defense attorneys, and he asked Hyde to address the issue.
As of Friday morning, the county attorney’s office had not responded to the court petition. Efforts to contact Letitia Toombs, a prosecutor handling the case, were not immediately successful.
In unsealed documents in 2nd District court after Ramirez-Sasaki’s arrest, police say Ramirez-Sasaki’s ex-wife and two subsequent girlfriends told them he confessed to killing the ‘child. The ex-wife said Ramirez-Sasaki told her he changed into bloody shorts before police first questioned him about the death.
A probable cause statement also detailed doctors’ descriptions of the child’s injuries. Doctors at Primary Children’s Medical Center told law enforcement that Genesis was brain dead, having sustained significant injuries inflicted including swelling and bleeding in the brain, detached retinas, bruising to his head and face and strangulation marks on his neck.
After life support was withdrawn and the child died, a state medical examiner’s autopsy report said Genesis died of a homicide due to multiple blunt-force injuries to the head, in the neck and torso.
Investigators said Ramirez-Sasaki told them that Genesis had fallen the day before but did not notice any injuries. The child’s mother was at work when authorities were called.