A timeline through the Media’s eyes. Marilee’s plea deal finalized and her last guilty plea was given…

Today was not closure for some of us, all we can do now is follow through and make sure what was set in place stays in place.  I have a lot more to say about today, and I am working on that, but for now I wanted to show everyone what I saw when I started piecing the newsworthy days we have had so far together.  This is not everything and it’s still so overwhelming.  Madi and Tyler you are loved and missed so much <3

June 30, 2016

Loved ones mourn after young adults killed in crash during police chase in Roy

ROY, Utah – Family and friends are mourning after two people were killed in a crash during a police chase in Roy early Thursday, and a teenage girl is in custody. Madison Haan, 20 of West Point, and Tyler Christianson, 19 of Ogden, were both killed as a result of the collision, which occurred shortly after midnight.

16-year-old girl arrested for murder after two killed in police chase

ROY, Utah – A 16-year-old girl was booked on suspicion of murder after two people died in a crash during a police chase. Police say the wreck happened at 3500 W. and 6000 S. in Roy just after midnight.

July 1, 2016

Utah teen charged with murder in fatal crash told police she was part of suicide pact

ROY, Utah – Marilee Patricia Gardner, who police say was involved in a double fatal accident, was in court on Friday for her first meeting with the judge, who determined the teen will be charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Memorial held in Roy for young adults killed by teen driver who now faces murder charges

ROY, Utah — Loved ones shared memories at a balloon release Friday night as they remembered the two victims who died in a tragic Roy crash earlier this week. “They’re watching, and they’re knowing how they were loved, [we’re] sending our loving thoughts to them,” said Liz Wilder, Tyler Christianson’s aunt.

16 year old charged in double murder appears in court

OGDEN Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Marilee Gardner appeared overwhelmed as she entered an Ogden courtroom. The 16 year old is being charged as an adult for the double murders of a young couple.


July 6, 2016

Teen’s suicide attempted turned to double murder

(KUTV) New information in a deadly hit and run crash Thursday reveals the driver was trying to fulfill a suicide pact. Marilee Gardner was charged as an adult with two counts of murder after she told police she intentionally tried to kill herself by rammin

16-year old makes first appearance in adult court

marcos: “how is the young girl doing? attorney: “frightened, very frightened. thank you.” don now at five… 16-year-old marilee gardner… who was involved in a deadly car crash… makes her first appearance in adult court… don good evening. i’m don hudson. kim f and i’m kim fischer. thanks for joining us.

August 1, 2016

July was deadliest month for Utah in more than a decade | KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY – A brother and sister gunned down allegedly over a T-shirt. An 8-year-old boy shot and killed by his father who had battled mental health issues. A Tooele mother allegedly killed by her adult son. These were just a few cases in what was one of the deadliest months in recent years in Utah.

September 8, 2016

16-year-old Marilee Gardner must be tried in adult court, judge rules

Marilee Gardner, of Layton, appeared Judge W. Brent West’s Second District courtroom in Ogden on Thursday, September 8, 2016. Gardner’s attorney, Tara Isaacson, wanted the charges for the 16-year-old to be set as juvenile. Judge West declined the proposal and Gardner will continue to be charged as an adult.

‘Suicide pact’ teen accused of murder in Roy will face charges as adult

SALT LAKE CITY – A judge ruled Thursday a teen facing murder charges for a crash that killed two people in Roy will be tried as an adult. Despite being just 16 years old, Marilee Gardner is facing two counts of first-degree murder.

October 19, 2016

Preliminary hearing scheduled for 16-year-old charged with 2 counts of murder

OGDEN – A one-day preliminary hearing has been scheduled for the 16-year-old accused of causing a crash that killed two people. Marilee Patricia Gardner, 16, of Layton appeared in 2nd District Court before Judge Brent West on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Her attorney, Walter Budgen, asked for a preliminary hearing, and West scheduled it for Dec.

December 27, 2016

Fewer criminal homicides reported in 2016 in Northern Utah

Eight people have been killed in apparent criminal homicides in Northern Utah so far this year, less than half the toll of 2015. In 2015, 17 people died by criminal homicide in Weber, Davis, Box Elder and Morgan counties.

January 1, 2017

2016 closes with a rise in Utah homicides

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2017, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted. As 2016 came to a close, at least 63 people had died in Utah at the hands of others, according to an unofficial list compiled by The Salt Lake Tribune.

Top 10 stories of 2016

Northern Utah is seldom a dull place to be, and a look back on major stories from the year bears that notion out. What were the most memorable stories of the year for you? Share them with us in the comments below.


Utah homicides skyrocket in 2016

Utah’s homicide rate appears to be on a disturbing upward shift. In 2016, 87 people died as a result of homicide in Utah, according to statistics kept by the Deseret News. That’s up significantly from 73 in 2015 and 79 from 2014.

January 25, 2017

Attorney of Layton teen accused of murder discussing plea deal with prosecutors

OGDEN – Plea deal discussions are underway for a Layton teenager charged with two counts of murder, according to her attorney. Marilee Patricia Gardner, 16, appeared Wednesday, Jan. 25, in 2nd District Court. Her attorney, Tara Isaacson, said she’s discussing a possible resolution to the case with prosecutors.

May 20, 2017

‘Bark in the Park’ raises funds for animals in honor of two young Utahns killed in crash

ROY, Utah — Two friends killed in a car accident last summer were remembered through a special fundraiser Saturday. From cheering on dogs as they strut the runway, to checking out engines under the hoods of antique cars: The inaugural Bark in the Park was more than just a fundraiser, it was a mix of some of the things Madi Haan and Tyler Christianson loved.

May 23, 2017

Plea deal in the works for Layton teen accused of murder after fatal crash

OGDEN – A plea deal is in the works for a 17-year-old Layton girl charged with murder in connection with a crash that killed two people, according to her attorney. Marilee Patricia Gardner and her attorney, Tara Isaacson, appeared before Judge Brent West on Tuesday, May 23, in Ogden’s Second District Court.

Deal for teen charged in double-fatal crash could split between juvenile, adult systems

Briana Scroggins OGDEN – Attorneys are working on a plea deal that would split oversight for a teenage girl accused of killing two strangers between the juvenile and adult court systems. Marilee Patricia Gardner, who turned 17 in April, appeared in court briefly Tuesday as her attorney asked that an evidentiary hearing be postponed while the defense continues to work with prosecutors to craft the deal.

Resolution in the works for 17-year-old Utah girl charged in double-fatal crash

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2017, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted. Ogden * A 17-year-old girl accused of purposely crashing into a car last year and killing its two occupants is working to resolve the case, attorneys said Tuesday.


August 2, 2017


Teen facing murder charges after deadly crash to serve time in both juvenile, adult systems

OGDEN, Utah – A teenage girl who was facing two counts of murder for a deadly car crash in Roy will serve a “blended sentence”, meaning she will serve time in both the juvenile and the adult systems. Marilee Gardner, 17, allegedly crashed her parent’s SUV into another vehicle during a botched suicide attempt in 2016.

Teen accepts plea deal for reduced charges

OGDEN,Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A teen agreed Wednesday to a plea bargain over the death of two young people last year.


October 25, 2017

Families of victims speak as Utah teen sentenced for deadly crash

WEBER COUNTY, Utah — A Utah teenager who admitted to killing two people with her car will spend the next several years in juvenile detention. Wednesday, a judge sentenced Marilee Gardner to four years in detention before she will move to the adult prison system to serve time there.

Utah teen says she’s ‘so sorry’ for purposely crashing into a car and killing two people. Victims’ families say they can’t yet forgive.

Ogden * Marilee Gardner wept Wednesday as she apologized for ramming her car into another vehicle on a June night last year, killing the two occupants inside. “I am so sorry,” Gardner cried, as she explained that she was depressed and had hoped the crash would cause her own death – not the deaths of 20-year-old Maddison Haan and 19-year-old Tyler Christianson.

17-year-old sentenced to juvenile detention for deaths of two

OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A 17-year-old pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the death of two young people.

November 15, 2017

Layton teen pleads guilty, is sentenced on 2nd attempted murder charge

OGDEN – Court hearings for a 17-year-old Layton girl who killed two people in a 2016 car crash are over until her next hearing in 2021. Marilee Gardner appeared in 2nd District Court Wednesday morning to plead guilty to one count of attempted murder, a first-degree felony.

Teen pleads guilty in deliberate double-fatal crash

Briana Scroggins OGDEN – A teenage girl accused of killing two people in a deliberate crash pleaded guilty in an adult courtroom Wednesday, finalizing a plea agreement in the case. Marilee Gardner, 17, answered quickly and clearly as 2nd District Judge Brent West asked if she had thought about the deal she was making, whether she was taking her prescribed medication and whether she was thinking clearly.

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