ROCK SPRINGS — On February 5, the murder trial of Bradley Ross Fairbourn, of Utah is scheduled to begin after the defendant was found competent to stand trial.
He is accused of murdering 29-year-old Naisha Rae Story and the attempted murder of Linda Mara Natlia Arce on June 23, 2016, at the Quality Inn in Rock Springs.
He could face up to life imprisonment without parole. The state is not seeking the death penalty.
The case began with a disturbance call on June 23, 2016, at the Quality Inn in Rock Springs.
The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the Utah man after a stabbing left one female dead and one injured.
Upon arrival to the Quality Inn, officers determined one female had suffered multiple stab wounds as the result of an altercation.
The woman was identified as Naisha Story, 29 of South Jordan, Utah, and she later succumbed to her injuries at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County.
The other victim was injured during the incident and was transported to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County and later flown to the University of Utah Hospital for the treatment of her injuries.
A joint agency investigation determined Bradley Fairbourn (18) of Draper, Utah, had allegedly stabbed the two females.
As a result of the investigation, Fairbourn was arrested for murder in the first degree and attempted murder in the first degree and incarcerated at the Sweetwater County Detention Center.
Charging documents outline details of the police investigation.
Police responded to the hotel at 1:23 a.m. on the report that a woman identified as Linda Natalia Arce was in the lobby. She was bleeding and saying that another person was being killed.
On arrival, police found a female near room 121 that was covered in blood and had sustained multiple stab wounds. She was identified as Naisha Rae Story.
Inside room 119 blood evidence that indicated a struggle had taken place was located.
RSPD Officer Rublee arrived on scene and made contact with a white male subject wearing a red shirt in front of the Wonderful House Restaurant.
Officer Rublee also noticed a white vehicle traveling towards the Quality Inn at a high rate of speed. The driver was later identified as Christopher Crayton.
Crayton reported that he is the boyfriend of Arce. He reported that he was staying at another motel with Story’s boyfriend, Joseph Lovato.
Crayton reported that Arce called saying that she had been stabbed by a male who had forced his way into room 119 and attacked her and Story.
Arce managed to escape the room after being stabbed in the upper right chest and near her left eye.
Crayton reported spotting the man who he believed to have stabbed the women. He said he used his vehicle to cut the man off who was leaving the scene before engaging a physical confrontation that left Fairbourn on the ground.
Fairbourn reportedly tried to leave again, and Crayton used his vehicle to prevent him from leaving.
Crayton then saw a police car and flashed his lights to draw the officer’s attention. When the officer pulled up, Crayton sped off and went to the Quality Inn where he checked on Story before running back to the lobby to check on Arce.
The victims were transported to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County where Story passed away from her injuries. It was observed that all the wounds the women suffered appeared to be defensive in nature.
Fairbourn was transported to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County with injuries sustained in the altercation with Crayton.
Arce identified Fairbourn as the man who entered the room and attacked her and Story.
A guest at the hotel told police that a man matching Fairbourn’s description and wearing similar clothing had peered through the front window of his room three times while walking past. Shortly after the third sighting officers arrived on the scene.
Police who responded to the scene reported that several patrons at the hotel reported hearing what they described as “female being raped, a loud bang as though someone was thrown against a wall and screams for help.”
According to charging documents outlining the first-degree murder case against Bradley Ross Fairbourn, the accused responded to an online advertisement offering prostitution services and attacked the women who were offering the services.
According to information provided by the defendant in a police interview conducted by Corporal Salazar of the RSPD, Fairbourn stated that he was staying in a hotel in Rawlins on June 22nd.
Fairbourn said that he made contact with two women offering their services. Fairbourn said he was instructed to meet the women at the Quality Inn in Rock Springs.
Fairbourn left Rawlins and traveled to Rock Springs with the intent of purchasing a ‘full-service’ for $300.
Fairbourn said that the ‘full service’ implied sexual intercourse.
Fairbourn arrived in Rock Springs around 1:00 a.m. on June 23rd and traveled to the west parking lot of the Quality Inn. He reported that he realized that he did not have enough money pay for the sexual encounter and went to find an ATM to withdraw cash from.
He reported that he was attacked by Crayton.
In his initial court appearance, Fairbourn denied committing the crime.
Murder Weapon Located/Video Evidence
Police reported that they located a fixed blade knife and a sheath on the roof on Smyth Printing Company, which is located near the Quality Inn.
In addition surveillance video from JFC Engineers and Surveyors showed a subject wearing clothing matching Fairbourn’s walk past with an object in his hand.
Based on the evidence collected Fairbourn was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.