Utah woman charged with falsely reporting her husband murdered her

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A Utah woman is facing two criminal charges after she reportedly faked her own murder and reported it to police. (Photo: KUTV){ }

A Utah woman is facing two criminal charges after she reportdly claimed her husband shot and killed her.

Rebecaa Nielson, 44, of Bluffdale, Utah is charged with one count of criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor, and emergency reporting abuse, a third-degree felony, court documents state.

A woman, who knows Nielson and and her husband, received text messages on June 25 from Nielson's husband's phone saying he had shot his wife and didn't know what to do.

The woman asked if he was serious and received more texts from the man's phone confirming it wasn't a joke. The texts also said Nielson wasn't breathing and was dead.

Court documents state the woman then called 911 and reported the killing.

Multiple agencies responded to the couple's residence. Several announcements were made, asking for the man to exit the residence. Eventually, Nielson--much to the officers' surprise--came out of the house. A few minutes later, her husband exited a motorhome parked on the property.

Court documents state the man seemed confused as to why the officers were there.

The man told police he had been talking to his friend on the phone when Nielson started yelling at him. She allegedly took his phone away and broke his laptop computer screen. After the argument, the man went to sleep in the RV.

During an interview with police, Nielson admitted to sending the text messages to the woman from her husband's phone.

She claimed he was cheating on her and she wanted to know if the woman would be an accomplice in covering up a crime, court documents state.