the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office filed one count of “Murder in the First Degree,” one count
of “Aggravated Burglary,” and one count of “Aggravated Sexual Assault” against
Patrick Michael McCabe in the 1977 murder of Sharon Schollmeyer.
outlined in more detail in the accompanying Information and Statement of
Probable Cause, the District Attorney’s Office alleges that Mr. McCabe broke
into Ms. Scollmeyer’s home, tied her up, raped her and killed her.
in the First Degree” is a Capital Offense, punishable by up to death.
“Aggravated Burglary” and “Aggravated Sexual Assault” are First Degree
Felonies, each punishable by up to life in prison.
McCabe was arrested by Salt Lake City Police officers and local law enforcement
officials in Florida where he was residing. The Salt Lake County District
Attorney’s Office will pursue his extradition to Utah to face thee aforementioned charges.
Lake County District Attorney’s Office expresses its appreciation for and
commends the diligent and professional efforts of the Salt Lake City Police
Department and other law enforcement professionals who assisted in the
investigation and facilitated these charges filed today.
These charges and, arrest are a significant step towards justice for the alleged
victim, her family and the community in this nearly forty year old case.
The Salt Lake City
Police Department detectives solved this case with funding assistance from a National
Institute of Justice (NIJ) Solving Cold Cases with DNA grant. For additional
information on NIJ grant programs, please visit www.nij.gov
person accused of wrongdoing is presumed innocent unless and until proven
guilty in a court of law.