Formal Charges Filed In MacKenzie Lueck Murder, Cause of Death Revealed


SALT LAKE CITY — Ayoola A. Ajayi, 31, has officially been charged in the death of college student MacKenzie Lueck.

Ajayi, a tech worker, was charged Wednesday with aggravated murder and kidnapping, among other charges.

Lueck went missing on June 17 and officials say Ajayi was the last person she made contact with before her phone was turned off.

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Lueck’s cause of death was revealed as ‘blunt force trauma to the head,’ District Attorney Sim Gill said. Adding, her body was discovered in a canyon with her arms bound behind her by a zip tie and rope.

Gill said, “A five-centimeter hole was located on the left side of her skull with part of her left scalp missing.”

The DA did not indicate a motive.

“I can absolutely tell you that no deals have been made whatsoever,” Gill said at a press conference Wednesday, saying, “I think it would be premature to talk about the death penalty.”

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Ajayi was initially arrested in the case after charred female human tissue was discovered in his backyard. Her body was found days later in a canyon some 85 miles away.

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