The man suspected of killing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck has been formally charged with aggravated murder, District Attorney Sim Gill announced Wednesday.
Ayoola Ajayi, 31, also faces counts of aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a human body.
He will appear in court Thursday or Friday, Gill said.
The Salt Lake Legal Defender Association has in the past stressed that Ajayi is presumed innocent until proved guilty.
“The facts in this matter will be established in due course through the processes of the criminal justice system,” it said in a previous statement.
The office declined comment following Wednesday’s announcement.
The body of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck has been found in a canyon north of Salt Lake City, police said Friday.
The 23-year-old was last seen in the early morning hours of June 17 when she was dropped off at a park in North Salt Lake City. There, police have said, she met another individual and vanished.
Police arrested Ajayi about two weeks after her disappearance. He is being held without bail, according to Salt Lake County online jail records.
According to charging documents, Lueck and Ajayi were texting early June 17, and Lueck’s last text to Ajayi came at 2:58 a.m.
Cell phone records placed them both at Hatch Park at 2:59 a.m., the time at which Lueck’s cell phone was powered off, and showed Ajayi back at his home in Salt Lake City at 3:07 a.m., the charging document says.
Last Friday police arrested 31-year-old Ayoola Ajayi in connection to Lueck’s death and at the time said he was expected to be charged with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a body. He’s currently being held without bail.
One neighbor reported a “horrible smell” coming from Ajayi’s yard June 17, according to the charging document.
A subsequent search of the burn area yielded “several charred items that were consistent with personal items of Mackenzie Lueck,” Brown said.
Police also discovered charred material that was determined to be female human tissue consistent with Lueck’s DNA profile, he said.
Investigators later learned Ajayi had purchased a gasoline can at a store near his home about six hours after Lueck went missing, according to the document.
Cell phone records indicated Ajayi had gone to Logan Canyon on the afternoon of June 25, the document says, and when investigators launched a lengthy search effort they found Lueck’s charred remains buried under a grove of trees.
Lueck’s arms had been bound behind her back with rope and a zip tie, and there was a 5-centimeter (2-inch) hole on the left side of her head, the charging document says.
A medical examiner determined the woman had died from blunt force trauma to the skull.
CNN’s Sara Weisfeldt, Dakin Andone and Marlena Baldacci contributed to this report.