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'Blood on his hands,' Utah man murders wife after she told him she was leaving, police say

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IVINS, Utah (KUTV) — An Ivins, Utah man is facing a murder charge after police say he shot his wife multiple times after she told him she was leaving him. All of this happened while several of the couple's children, ages 15 to 25, were home.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on Friday evening, 59-year-old Steven Timothy Smith was, quite literally, caught red-handed after police say they found blood on his hands and clothes. Officers say Smith waived his Miranda rights and spoke with police.

The victim, a 49-year-old woman, was declared dead on the scene located at 1025 S. 375 East.

On Friday evening, Smith became angry with the victim and left the house before he withdrew a "large sum of money" from his bank account.

Smith then came back to the home and told everyone who was not family to leave. Police say Smith and the victim have children together, and those children were present when the alleged murder happened.

Smith told police "that he did not remember what happened between the time he told non-family members to leave the residence and when officers arrived on the scene.

Witnesses told police that Smith hid the gun in a closet, and when police found the gun, it had blood on the grip.

While police were investigating, they say Smith wandered around the home.

He was arrested without incident and taken to the Washington County Jail, where he faces a first-degree murder charge.