A Utah woman’s cell phone was searched after police believed there might be evidence related to a stabbing that occurred between her ex-boyfriend and current boyfriend. After reviewing the cell phone, investigators found incriminating evidence that not only she had lied to police regarding the fight, but also evidence of an inappropriate relationship with a minor, according to KSL.
The woman, identified as Tadiana Cooper, 20, was in a previous relationship with 21-year-old Darryl Levi Lindley. Her new boyfriend was found to be 16 years of age. After a text message argument between the ex-boyfriend and current one, the two had agreed to meet in a nearby parking lot for a fight.
The two reportedly agreed to fight without the use of weapons. However, when the two met in person to fight, Lindley began using a blade against the 16-year-old and stabbed him repeatedly. Police interviewed Cooper, who was believed to have witnessed the fight. She eventually allowed police access to her cell phone, where investigators found two videos of the attack. Additionally, investigators found deleted text messages between Cooper and Lindley that had been sent after the fight.
Cooper had told Lindley that the teenager had been badly hurt and the police were looking for him. Lindley replied to the message saying that he planned on stabbing the teenager to death. This message showed law enforcement there was intent to kill.
Detectives also found videos on the device that showed Cooper and the teenager involved in sexual activity.
Lindley has been charged with attempted murder, and Cooper has been placed in police custody for an ongoing investigation into obstructing justice and sexual exploitation of a minor.
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