A Utah teen has pleaded not guilty to almost a dozen charges stemming from a meth-fueled rampage that left a police officer and her boyfriend dead.
Prosecutors have charged 17-year-old Meagan Grunwald with murder and attempted murder, along with related charges. She is being tried as an adult.
On January 30, Grunwald and her boyfriend were involved in a meth-fueled rampage that saw the couple in a high-speed chase and a shootout.
The couple is accused of carjacking and aggravated robbery. Later, Utah County Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Wride tried to help the couple who he thought were just having car trouble. Grunwald’s boyfriend, Angel Garcia-Juaregui, shot Wride in an unprovoked attack and later shot Deputy Greg Sherwood after a high speed chase. Wride died from his injuries by Sherwood was saved and is expected to recover.
When their truck hit a police spikes at a roadblock, the two ran out of the vehicle and carjacked a minivan but soon hit another set of spikes. After trying to get away, Garcia-Juaregui was shot in the head and police arrested Grunwald.
According to her attorney, the teen is expected to take the stand and claim that her boyfriend forced her to participate in the rampage at gunpoint.
Prosecutors argue she willingly participated in the string of crimes.
Prosecutor Tim Taylor said “we obviously know that she was there. We know that she participated. But should there be some sort of plea offer in that case, that’s something we’re going to be looking at. She’s a young girl. But we know that young people can still do horrific crimes.”
If convicted, Grunwald faces 25 to life but is ineligible for the death penalty because she is under 18.