New Castle man accused in death of estranged wife
New Castle resident Robert Steven Hatch, 31, has been arrested on suspicion of killing his estranged wife in Utah and will be in court there today to be formally charged with murder.
According to New Castle police officer Anthony Webb, police suspect that Hatch went to Sharre Hatch’s home in Spanish Fork, Utah, around 11:30 p.m. July 7, forced his way in, then killed her with a shotgun.
“From what I could tell, they were split up for about a year,” Webb said, adding that she had a restraining order against Hatch.
Police think the motive behind the alleged shooting could have been linked to questions about who fathered Sharre Hatch’s 9-month-old child.
Hatch was arrested by Helper, Utah, police in the early-morning hours of July 8 and later charged with killing Sharre Hatch.
Although the alleged crime was not committed in Colorado, some neighbors in Hatch’s Castle Valley neighborhood reported seeing police search the accused killer’s Current Drive rental house, then label it with a search warrant.
“He lived here since the first part of the year,” Webb said.
“Before he lived there (Current Drive), he lived in Elk Creek (subdivision).”
Police think Hatch was in New Castle in the morning of the day his ex-wife was killed, and was on his way back to New Castle when he was found and arrested by police in Helper.
The paperwork posted on the house after the first search consisted of search warrants and search returns, Webb said. The warrants were obtained by the Spanish Forks Police Department to gather evidence in the case and were served in New Castle.
Spanish Forks is located about 14 miles south of Provo, Utah, along Interstate 15 near Uinta National Forest.
New Castle police became involved in the investigation when Spanish Forks police requested their assistance in searching Hatch’s house.
“We had gotten a call to pick up eight officers at the airport,” Webb said.
During the first search of the house on July 12, police had Hatch with them because it was a “consent search,” a search where the suspect allows officers to search a residence but must be present because of his right to revoke that search at any time.
On July 17, Spanish Fork police were granted a search warrant by a judge there and searched the house again.
On Monday, Hatch went before a judge in Utah’s Fourth District Court in Spanish Fork for allegedly failing to follow through with a treatment ordered in connection with an unrelated assault charge.
He is being held in Utah County Jail for 30 days, a court clerk there said.
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