SALT LAKE CITY (PM) — A man implicated of killing a 23-year-old University of Utah student from El Segundo is dealing with supplementary charges this week after authorities state they encountered pornographic photographs of minors on his computer.
Salt Lake City police apprehended 31-year-old Ayoola Ajayi’s computer as they examined his home on June 26 in conjunction with the disappearance of Mackenzie Lueck but didn’t start investigating its contents until early last month, Det. Nathan Wiley described in charging documents.
When detectives scrutinized the computer, they discovered several images of children engaged in sex acts, Wiley wrote. The document describes 19 photos in detail, and authorities state they portray girls between the ages of 4 and 8.
Prosecutors on Tuesday indicted Ajayi with 19 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Prosecutors state authorities are still examining when the images were made and who made the images.
Ajayi was charged last month with aggravated murder, desecration of a human body, aggravated kidnapping and obstruction of justice in connection with Lueck’s slaying. Ajayi is eligible for the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder, but prosecutors have not determined whether they intend to seek capital punishment.
Ajayi was arrested on suspicion of Lueck’s death in June after authorities searched his house and found a human bone, burned human tissue that matched the woman’s DNA and including her personal items in a freshly excavated expanse in the backyard, Salt Lake County Dist. Atty. Sim Gill stated last month.
Investigators also discovered burned black fabric and buckles in an alley near his home that was taken into evidence, Gill stated. Authorities, however, did not find Lueck’s body until early July, when investigators say data from Ajayi’s cellphone led them to a secluded area in Logan Canyon, roughly 80 miles from Salt Lake City.
The woman’s body was concealed in a shallow grave in a heavily forested area. Her arms had been bound behind her back with a zip tie and a rope. Coroner’s officials determined that she succumbed of blunt force trauma to the left side of her head, Gill stated.