Murdering Homeless People: The Interrogation of Dalton Aiken

OGDEN, UTAH— In June 2019 Dalton James Aiken, 28, was sentenced to a term of 16 years to life in prison in connection with the shooting death of Brian Racine on August 16, 2018. Racine, a 28-year-old homeless man originally from California, had been sleeping at a homeless encampment outside of Ogden, Utah when he was shot once in the head by Aiken.

But Aiken had not been out at the homeless camp alone. Rather, he and his friend Cory Fitzwater had gone out together. They were on a mission, Aiken would later tell police: they were out to harass some homeless people.

It worked.

Not long after Fitzwater and Aiken found themselves in jail in the wake of the shooting, they each made separate phone calls in which they accused the other of having been entirely responsible for the killing. But Fitzwater took things well beyond “normal” blame shifting, if there is such a thing in the context of murder. Prosecutors allege that Fitzwater bribed multiple uninvolved inmates to approach the police with their [totally invented] stories explaining how the other guy — Aiken — had confessed to them that Aiken had Killed Racine, and that he had worked alone. Also, they should add that Fitzwater was totally innocent.

That… didn’t work. And you can see why in our recent video “Jailhouse Snitch For Hire.” Turns out murderers aren’t necessarily good actors.

As of today, Aiken has been convicted, but Fitzwater’s trial is only just getting started, having faced significant delays due to a combination of Covid and substantially more challenging scheduling between prosecutors and defense expert witnesses.

Notably, Fitzwater tried and failed to secure compassionate release from the jail due to a particularly bad Covid outbreak at the facility where he is now held. Prosecutors argued that the greater community would only be safe with the alleged murderer locked away. (There was also the small matter of his alleged attempts in jail to “manufacture evidence, influence witnesses and obstruct justice” in relation to his case.)

Fitzwater stands charged with murder and obstruction of justice. This is the interrogation of Dalton Aiken.





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47 thoughts on “Murdering Homeless People: The Interrogation of Dalton Aiken

  1. I can tell there is something off because his demeaner doesn't match the circumstance. I'd have thought he was innocent until he mentioned he saw the crime, if he saw the crime and wasn't a disturbed individual he wouldn't be so calm.

  2. This makes me angry people can be so cruel. Poor guy was sleeping on the dirt, homeless and has to be unlucky enough to cross paths with these morons.

  3. Something about this tells me this needs to be made into a movie with Zach Galifianakis playing the role of the bearded accomplice.

  4. "We're from the country" Bruh I'm from Plainville, GA and if I hear a gunshot I definitely take it into consideration. Every time. You don't hunt near people that aren't hunting unless you're a Cheney ffs

  5. Its really sad that this is a thing…. there are many cases where people go out and kill homeless people like their nothing. Smh ..sad they let themselves become so detached.

  6. Why is “I had Marijuana” on the thumbnail, weed is not bad nor does it make people do crazy things, it’s just straight propoganda.

  7. woooooow you thiiiiiink someooooooone waaaaaas killed thats suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuus

  8. They should have waited for him to bring the sandwich to his mouth and then slap it out of his hand! He doesn’t deserve a sandwich!

  9. Why would his friend get in a fist fight afterwards when he had a gun? Wouldn't he just shoot them also?

  10. If you are with a person and they shoot someone dead…aren't you supposed to tell the cops immediately ?. He is obviously an accomplice at best…and maybe the trigger puller. He switched on his "friend" so fast as soon as he knew his arse was on the line. They obviously had beef with someone and both went to kill him.

  11. Why do all these people answer questions without a lawyer present? Is there something to it where they try to prove their innocence by not needing legal representation?

  12. Why do people say a word or even a letter. innocent.. guilty.. paranoid.. scared whatever.. just be quiet. Get a lawyer

  13. If only JCS could come in here and comment with tags of what is going on at each moment…I'd feel more "in the know" with it.

  14. Yeah…I live in Ogden, I fish that area a lot in winter. I always kept an eye out for junkies and carry my .380 just because of how bad that place is. I'm not shocked any of this went down.

  15. wow… this guy is terrifying, he is easily a sociopath, i've never seen a liar sound and act SO genuinely innocent. I believed every second of it up till thy called him out… omfg, JAIL HIM

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