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 Richard Claud Andreasen, Jr

Richard Claud Andreasen, Jr

Mercur, Tooele County, Utah, USA
Death 17 Aug 1933 (aged 30)
Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
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Memorial ID 127443 · View Source
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Coroner's Jury Finds Murray
Man Responsible
for Killing

Louis Mark, 54, Murray, farmer, held for investigation in the fatal shooting Thursday night of Claude Andreasen, 29, will be detained until further reports have been made by deputy sheriffs, the county attorney's office announced

Andreasen was found dead Friday morning on Mark's farm with a bullet wound in his neck. The farmer is believed to have killed Andreasen when he fired on two intruders in his potato patch with his rifle.

A coroner's jury assembled by Justice of the Peace H. T. Matthews returned a verdict "that Claude Andreasen came to his death about 11:30 p. m. August 17 by a gunshot wound inflicted by Louis Mark while firing a gun to scare him from his potato patch."

Victim's Companion Testifies

The verdict was read by Sherman Freeze, foreman of the jury. Other jurors were Parley Harmon and George Dorton, Murray residents. Witnesses included Murray City Marshal Andrew Lundquist, Dr. Albert L. Olson, Douglas Allen, mortician from the George A. Jenkins mortuary, and Heming Anderson, assistant Murray marshal. Arthur Peterson, 30, who said he accompanied Andreasen to Mark's farm, also testified.

Evidence at the inquest indicated Mark did not know his bullet had struck its target when he fired at the figure of a man in the garden. Mark previously had said he saw a man run away and believed the shot merely had frightened the intruder.

Peterson, it developed, was the man who fled, believing Andreasen also had run from the field. Peterson said he and Andreasen had gone to the patch to get potatoes for home use.

Mark told deputy sheriffs his farm had been plundered several times this season, and that Thursday night he lay in wait for the vandals, intending only to frighten them by gunshots, he said he did not know his shot had killed a man. Mark also described finding Andreasen's body Friday morning.

Rites Set tor Sunday

Funeral services for the slain man will be conducted Sunday at 1:30 p. m. in the Murray First ward L. D. S. chapel, Bishop S. M. Bringhurst officiating. Friends may call at the residence, No. 9 Regal avenue, Murray, from 10 a. m. until 1 p. m. Interment will be in the Murray city cemetery, under the direction of the George A. Jenkins mortuary.

Andreasen was born in Mercur, Utah, July 26, 1903, and was the son of Richard and Emily Andreasen of 9 Regal avenue, Murray. Besides his parents he is survived by a brother, Allen Andreasen of Bingham.

The Salt Lake Tribune, August 20, 1933

TO $40,000 SUIT
Parents of Man Shot by
Murray Farmer File
Damage Action

An echo of the fatal shooting last week of Claude Andreasen, 29, whose body was found early August 18 in a potato patch, was heard Friday in district court when a $40,000 damage suit was filed by Andreasen's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Andreasen, against Louis Mark, 54, Murray farmer.

Mark Is accused in the complaint of "carelessly, wantonly and willfully" firing the shot that killed Andreasen.

Damages of $20,000 are asked on the grounds that tho son was contributing to the support of his father and mother, both of whom are past 60. The father is crippled and handicapped in obtaining work, the suit adds. The complaint asks $20,000 additional as punitive damages.

Mark was named as the slayer of Andreasen in a verdict returned by a coroner's jury last week, but the farmer was absolved of criminal intent after investigation by deputy
sheriffs and the county attorney's office.

Mark told the officers he shot at a prowler in the potato patch after he had lain in wait to trap thieves who had stolen produce from the farm. The farmer said he saw a man run after the shot was fired, and declared he was unaware he had hit anyone until he found Andreasen's body the next morning. Andreasen had been shot through the neck.

It developed at the inquest that Arthur Peterson, 30, had accompanied Andreasen in the fatal visit and that Peterson had fled when the shot was fired, presuming that Andreasen had done the same.


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  • Maintained by: Anne
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 127443
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Claud Andreasen, Jr (26 Jul 1903–17 Aug 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 127443, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Anne (contributor 46788213) .