- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah man killed a woman and tried to strangle her young daughter after coming to her house to buy marijuana, prosecutors said in charges filed Tuesday.

Jason Alan Black, 26, is accused of shooting the woman in the head while her two daughters were at home, then trying to kill her 5-year-old daughter, according to charging documents. The girl survived and identified the man who killed her mother, 24-year-old Natalia Casagrande, authorities said. Black regularly bought marijuana from Casagrande’s husband, according to police.

Black is facing an aggravated murder charge, which carries the possibility of the death penalty, as well as attempted aggravated murder, robbery, burglary and obstruction of justice.

He was shot and wounded by police after authorities say he pulled a gun on officers serving a search warrant at his family’s home.

Black was released from the hospital and booked into jail on Monday. No attorney was listed for Black in court records and someone who answered the phone at a family home declined comment.

Casagrande’s body was found in the basement of her Magna home by her husband, who got worried when she suddenly stopped returning his text messages and left work. Black was supposed to buy pot from him on May 30, but Black missed the meeting and showed up at the house the next day while the husband was at work, police said.

Casagrande answered the door and took him to the basement, but when Black came back upstairs he was alone, charging documents state.

He called the 5-year-old to him, put a throw pillow on her neck and choked her, police said. He left with cash, drugs and the man’s gun, police said.

Investigators tracked him to a hotel after a maid found marijuana and money while cleaning a room. Police found a knife and the missing gun in the room, according to the charges.

He was caught and wounded at his family’s home two days after the death.

A woman suspected of being his getaway driver, Estephania Sanchez-Mendoza, 24, has been charged with obstructing justice. No lawyer was immediately listed for her in court records.

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