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SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SOUTHEAST IDAHO HOMICIDE: Local man being held without bond for allegedly causing Preston resident’s death

January 30, 2019 GMT

PRESTON — An arrest has been made in the murder committed at a home in this Franklin County city.

Marlin McQueen, 35, of Preston, was arrested Tuesday for causing the death of 31-year-old Wilden Everett Lovin Jr., Franklin County Sheriff David Fryar said.

Lovin’s body was found at his home at 515 South 200 East on Saturday by an individual who believed the death was suspicious and reported it to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, authorities said.

The Sheriff’s Office quickly came to the conclusion that Lovin was murdered and began what Fryar called a “vigorous investigation” that involved multiple interviews with people and resulted in the eventual arrest of McQueen at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Details on the arrest have not been released, but Fryar did say via a Tuesday night press release that “the arrest came after a day of intense interviewing by our team of investigators.”

McQueen is currently being held without bond at the Cache County Jail in nearby Logan, Utah, pending the adjudication of his case.

Formal charges accusing McQueen of causing Lovin’s death will be filed on Wednesday, Fryar said. McQueen will likely be arraigned on those charges on Wednesday at the Franklin County Courthouse in Preston.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said earlier that Preston police and Idaho State Police were providing help with the murder investigation but on Tuesday night Fryar revealed that law enforcement agencies in Bingham and Bannock counties also were involved.

Fryar said an autopsy will be performed on Lovin’s body in Boise on Wednesday.

Authorities have not yet released key details in the case such as how Lovin was murdered and what could have been McQueen’s alleged motive.

Fryar did say that McQueen is the lone suspect in Lovin’s death and no other arrests are anticipated.