Preston man charged with first degree murder to appear in district court on Feb. 28

February 14, 2019
Marlin McQueen

PRESTON — A disheveled Marlin McQueen waived his preliminary hearing with the Franklin County Magistrate Court without comment Wednesday.

McQueen, 35, has been charged with the death of 31-year-old Willie Lovin who was killed in his Franklin County home Jan. 26. McQueen is being held in the Cache County Jail on charges of first-degree murder.

Judge Eric Hunn bound him over to the district court to appear for an arraignment Feb. 28 with Judge Mitchell W. Brown. McQueen was represented by court-appointed attorney Don Thomas Marler.

According a probable cause statement filed with the court, McQueen reportedly confessed to the killing of Lovin.

Police say McQueen told them he retrieved a 10-inch hunting knife from his vehicle and used it to stab Lovin multiple times. However, police have not reported a motive for the alleged killing.

Friends of Lovin say he took in McQueen after finding him homeless with a small son, staying at a reservoir near Preston.

In addition to giving him a place to stay, Lovin reportedly fed, clothed and found McQueen a job.