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Bizarre and chilling new details emerge in Springville dinner table murder case

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Michael Lopez mugshot. (Utah County Jail)

(UPDATE 12/24/20) -- Bizarre new details are emerging in a disturbing Utah County case involving a man accused of shooting his mother in the neck with a shotgun at the dinner table before dancing with his 14-year-old sister after their mother was dead.

That's all according to a probable cause statement obtained by 2News which shows one aggravated murder charge against 23-year-old Michael Lopez.

On Wednesday evening, police say 43-year-old Victoria Ramirez and her two daughters were gathering to eat at the dinner table in their Springville, Utah home when Lopez walked in with a shotgun.

As Lopez pointed the shotgun at his mother, he looked at his 14-year-old sister, and the pair exchanged head nods.

Ramirez reportedly said:

I know you're going to kill me."

The 14-year-old got out of her chair at the dinner table and walked to the bathroom.

Believing the gun was not loaded, the 17-year-old went to the bathroom to check on her sister. She told police that she turned around just in time to witness Lopez shoot their mother in the neck, killing her.

The 17-year-old told police that Lopez then grabbed their 14-year-old sister and the two began dancing. This is when the 17-year-old locked herself in the bathroom and escaped through the window and called her adult sister, who contacted police.

The 17-year-old also told police that she believes her younger sister knew what was going to happen, saying Lopez bought the shotgun and a handgun the day before. Lopez had also been supplying his 14-year-old sister with marijuana.

Police describe what they were told next in the PC statement:

[The 17-year-old] stated Mike has been acting really strange lately where he has been meditating a lot where he claims to go to different dimensions and [was] talking about a lot of bad people."

When police arrived, they found Lopez in the basement bathtub, without any apparent injuries. He was being unresponsive and was taken to the hospital, where doctors informed police they believed Lopez was faking it.

Lopez was then arrested and taken to the Utah County Jail, where he later tested positive for THC.

Police say the 14-year-old was not cooperating and they had to physically restrain her, causing minor injuries. In the PC statement, one of the arresting officers explains what happened when he began interviewing the 14-year-old girl:

The fourteen year old was acting very strange, she admitted she and Mike have been together a lot lately and they take turns sleeping so they can watch over one another. She also stated she was with Mike yesterday when he went to Sportsman's Warehouse in Provo and purchased the shotgun and a handgun. When asked about her mother she claimed it wasn't her mother who was shot. When we asked who it was she stated it was someone else. She claimed she was in the bathroom when the shot went off. I asked her about dancing with Mike after he killed their mother. She looked at me and smiled and stated she remembered dancing and then she was trying to recite the song for me. She denied any knowledge of knowing Mike was going to shot Victoria. She did not show any emotion during the interview."

At the jail, Lopez allegedly told police that someone told him to shoot his mother and that the situation was like "déjà vu."

Police say Lopez's father fled to Mexico because of a criminal investigation and they're worried that Lopez may flee to join him if he is allowed free on bail.

Lopez is facing one first-degree felony charge of aggravated murder.

No word on what happened to the 14-year-old girl or if she will also be facing criminal charges.

Original story below, from Wed. Dec. 23, 2020, left unedited for context.

(KUTV) -- Police are still investigating after a 43-year-old woman was found dead in a home in Springville on Wednesday night.

A 14-year-old girl was injured and 23-year-old Michael Lopez were taken to the hospital as well, police stated in a press release.

Officers were called to the home at 944 S. 1000 East on a report of a domestic incident and shots fired inside the house.

Police forced their way inside where they located the teenage girl.

"The 14-year-old girl was secured and was later transported to the hospital for injuries sustained while taking her into custody," according to the police department.

Lopez, had barricaded himself in the bathroom and was taken into custody after a short standoff, police stated. He was reportedly "in and out of consciousness" when officers detained him, so he was taken to Utah Valley Hospital for treatment.

Victoria Ramirez, 43, was found dead inside the home "from an apparent gun shot," according to police.

Detectives are in the early stages of their investigation, police said, and no other information was given Wednesday night.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or dating violence, resources are available to help. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911.

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition hotline can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-897-5465, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available at 1-800-799-7233.

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