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Utah murder suspect sits in Yakima Co. Jail

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Yakima, WASH.-- The primary suspect in a murder case in Utah is sitting in the Yakima County Jail.

Many new details came out Monday about murder suspect 43-year old Steven J. Gray, including the fact that he used to be an informant for the Yakima Police Department. Now he's back in Yakima, facing stolen vehicle and fugitive charges before he gets sent back to Utah, and the murder investigation continues.

According to court documents, Gray admitted to Yakima Detectives that he stabbed his 44-year old girlfriend to death sometime last week in Orem, Utah, about 30 miles outside Salt Lake City.

Court documents show he claims he cleaned up the blood, threw the knife in the kitchen sink then drove the girlfriend's car all the way to Yakima.

Detectives said Gray went to the Yakima Police Department Friday morning and told them Jennifer Brackenbury was dead in their trailer. Orem City Police were notified, and discovered that she had been gruesomely stabbed multiple times.

"We're already working on the extradition process so that'll probably take a few weeks depending on if he waives it or not," said Sgt. Craig Martinez of the Orem City Police Department.

Orem Police found Brackenbury's body on Friday, but officers said she was killed sometime between last Saturday and Tuesday.

Officers said they have the knife used, and according to court documents, Yakima Police have the clothes Gray was wearing when Brackenbury was killed and some of her jewelry. Those items were in the trunk of the car.

Orem Police said this isn't the first time Gray's been accused of committing violence against women.

"He was involved in a case back in September when he was a suspect in an alleged rape," Sgt. Martinez said. "The female victim was not Jennifer, it was a different female but that was never substantiated. No charges were ever brought on that."

Orem City Police said they believe Gray has family ties in Yakima.

Orem City Police have a warrant out for Gray for homicide and obstruction of justice. However, he's in the Yakima County Jail with bail set at $25,000 for stolen vehicle and fugitive charges.

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