Ivan Nickolas “Nick” Vetecnik, 15, died on May 26 after being stabbed several times. Rowdy Lee Aguilar, 17, of Taylorsville (not pictured) was charged on Thursday as an adult of murdering his friend and dismembering his body. (Family photo)
SALT LAKE CITY – A 17-year-old Taylorsville boy was accused on Thursday as an adult of dismembering his 15-year-old friend after stabbing him in the head more than two dozen times.
Rowdy Lee Aguilar is indicted by 3rd District Court with aggravated murder, first degree felony and three other counts in the death of Ivan Nickolas “Nick” Vetecnik on May 26th.
Police noted that the 17-year-old “had little criminal history, but apparently out of nowhere, Aguilar brutally killed and dismembered his 15-year-old friend,” according to prosecution documents.
Aguilar’s father called police that day after he found a body in a cargo trailer he owns while searching for his son, according to the charges. Officers noted that the trailer “smelled strongly of cleaning agents” and found the dismembered body and cleaning supplies inside.
Court documents do not indicate any motive, but indicate that surveillance footage from the two teenagers’ homes shows that the boys entered Aguilar’s home that morning. In the afternoon, Aguilar came out dressed in a bloody T-shirt and made two trips to a field behind his house, carrying a black trash bag the first time and a white trash bag the second time, according to the charges. .
The bags appeared to be the same as those found by police during a search around the trailer, and the limbs inside the bags were later identified by a medical examiner as Vetecnik’s, prosecutors said. Officers also found a knife in the trailer which they said matched Nick’s wounds and other knives from Aguilar’s house.
When police arrested him, they noticed that he appeared to have blood on his right hand, pants, socks and shoes, according to court documents.
As Aguilar waited to be questioned at a police station, a camera filmed him standing, grabbing his handcuffs and pulling them, causing them to free themselves from the wall. He then tried to leave the room, the charges specify.
In an interview with detectives, Aguilar reportedly said he did not know Vetecnik and was not involved in his death, explaining that he had been at his girlfriend’s house all day and had injuries to his hands afterwards. cutting himself while preparing spare ribs for a barbecue. .
Later, Aguilar “admitted to being in the trailer with the victim and said,” I did, “” according to the charges.
The Utah Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Vetecnik had been stabbed in the head 26 times, with a wound penetrating his skull and a fatal injury to his neck.
In the days following his death, his friends and family recalled that the 15-year-old was a “gentle giant” who mourned the death of his parents. He lost his mother to cancer in 2019 and his father to a fatal heart attack in December, they said. He planned to make the most of this summer by finding a job and going fishing.
Aguilar faces additional counts of obstructing justice, a felony in the second degree, as well as escape from police custody and abuse of desecration of a human body, two crimes in the third degree.