Teen pleads not guilty in Utah deputy's death

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File- This April 17, 2014, file photo shows Meagan Grunwald, entering the courtroom after a recess in her preliminary hearing in Judge Darold McDade's courtroom in Provo, Utah. The 17-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty to a dozen charges she faces stemming from a crime spree that left a Utah deputy dead and another deputy injured. Grunwald appeared in a Provo courtroom Monday, May 12, 2014, to enter her plea to charges of murder, attempted murder and other counts. She is being charged as an adult. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan,Pool, File)
Defense attorney's Rhome Zabriske talks with Meagan Grunwald during a recess in her preliminary hearing in Judge Darold McDade's courtroom in Provo, Utah on Thursday April 17, 2014. Grunwald, the only surviving suspect from a highway chase and shootout with police, is facing 12 charges, including aggravated murder and attempted murder of Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride. Her boyfriend, Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, 27, fatally shot Wride and injured another deputy during the crime spree, authorities said. Garcia-Juaregui died from wounds suffered in a shootout with Juab County deputies when they caught up to the pair south of Nephi. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan, Pool)
Defense attorney's Rhome Zabriske, left, and Dean Zabriskie, right, share a laugh with Meagan Grunwald, during a recess in her preliminary hearing in Judge Darold McDade's courtroom in Provo, Utah on Thursday April 17, 2014. Grunwald, the only surviving suspect from a highway chase and shootout with police, is facing 12 charges, including aggravated murder and attempted murder of Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride. Her boyfriend, Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, 27, fatally shot Wride and injured another deputy during the crime spree, authorities said. Garcia-Juaregui died from wounds suffered in a shootout with Juab County deputies when they caught up to the pair south of Nephi. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan, Pool)
Defense attorney's Rhome Zabriske, left, and Dean Zabriskie, right, visit with Meagan Grunwald, during a recess in her preliminary hearing in Judge Darold McDade's courtroom in Provo, Utah on Thursday April 17, 2014. Grunwald, the only surviving suspect from a highway chase and shootout with police, is facing 12 charges, including aggravated murder and attempted murder of Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride. Her boyfriend, Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, 27, fatally shot Wride and injured another deputy during the crime spree, authorities said. Garcia-Juaregui died from wounds suffered in a shootout with Juab County deputies when they caught up to the pair south of Nephi. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan, Pool)
Defense attorney's Rhome Zabriske talks with Meagan Grunwald, during a recess in her preliminary hearing in Judge Darold McDade's courtroom in Provo, Utah on Thursday April 17, 2014. Grunwald, the only surviving suspect from a highway chase and shootout with police, is facing 12 charges, including aggravated murder and attempted murder of Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride. Her boyfriend, Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, 27, fatally shot Wride and injured another deputy during the crime spree, authorities said. Garcia-Juaregui died from wounds suffered in a shootout with Juab County deputies when they caught up to the pair south of Nephi. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan, Pool)
Defense attorney's Rhome Zabriske, left, and Dean Zabriskie, right, visit with Meagan Grunwald, during a recess in her preliminary hearing in Judge Darold McDade's courtroom in Provo, Utah on Thursday April 17, 2014. Grunwald, the only surviving suspect from a highway chase and shootout with police, is facing 12 charges, including aggravated murder and attempted murder of Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride. Her boyfriend, Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, 27, fatally shot Wride and injured another deputy during the crime spree, authorities said. Garcia-Juaregui died from wounds suffered in a shootout with Juab County deputies when they caught up to the pair south of Nephi. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan, Pool)
Meagan Grunwald, sits in the courtroom during a recess in her preliminary hearing in Judge Darold McDade's courtroom in Provo, Utah on Thursday April 17, 2014. Grunwald, the only surviving suspect from a highway chase and shootout with police, is facing 12 charges, including aggravated murder and attempted murder of Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride. Her boyfriend, Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, 27, fatally shot Wride and injured another deputy during the crime spree, authorities said. Garcia-Juaregui died from wounds suffered in a shootout with Juab County deputies when they caught up to the pair south of Nephi. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan, Pool)
Defense lawyer Dean Zabriskie right, hands a document to Sgt. Scott Finch, Utah County criminal investigator during Meagan Grunwald's preliminary hearing in Judge Darold McDade's courtroom in Provo, Utah on Thursday April 17, 2014. Grunwald, the only surviving suspect from a highway chase and shootout with police, is facing 12 charges, including aggravated murder and attempted murder of Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride. Her boyfriend, Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, 27, fatally shot Wride and injured another deputy during the crime spree, authorities said. Garcia-Juaregui died from wounds suffered in a shootout with Juab County deputies when they caught up to the pair south of Nephi. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan, Pool)
Meagan Grunwald, right, enters court for her preliminary hearing Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Provo, Utah. A dash-cam video shows the moments a fugitive fatally shot a Utah deputy and fled in a pickup truck driven by Grunwald, who faces murder charges in the case, prosecutors said Wednesday. Video from Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride's patrol car was played in a Provo courtroom Wednesday as prosecutors tried to convince a judge that 17-year-old Grunwald should stand trial. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool)
Meagan Grunwald, center, enters court for her preliminary hearing Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Provo, Utah. A dash-cam video shows the moments a fugitive fatally shot a Utah deputy and fled in a pickup truck driven by Grunwald, who faces murder charges in the case, prosecutors said Wednesday. Video from Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride's patrol car was played in a Provo courtroom Wednesday as prosecutors tried to convince a judge that 17-year-old Grunwald should stand trial. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool)
Meagan Grunwald, 17, attends her preliminary hearing in Judge Darold McDade's courtroom in Provo, Utah on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Video from a dashboard-mounted camera video shows the moments a fugitive fatally shot a Utah deputy and fled in a pickup truck driven by a teenage girl who faces murder charges in the case, prosecutors said Wednesday. Video from Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride's patrol car was played in a Provo courtroom Wednesday as prosecutors tried to convince a judge that the 17-year old should stand trial. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool)
Meagan Grunwald, center, enters court for her preliminary hearing Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Provo, Utah. A dash-cam video shows the moments a fugitive fatally shot a Utah deputy and fled in a pickup truck driven by Grunwald, who faces murder charges in the case, prosecutors said Wednesday. Video from Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride's patrol car was played in a Provo courtroom Wednesday as prosecutors tried to convince a judge that 17-year-old Grunwald should stand trial. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool)
FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2014, file photo, Meagan Grunwald, 17, who was charged as an adult in the shootings of two Utah deputies, makes her first appearance in Judge Darold McDade's court in Provo, Utah. Grunwald will appear in a Provo courtroom Wednesday, April 16, for an evidence hearing as prosecutors try to convince a judge there's enough evidence to try the teenager for aggravated murder and other charges. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool, File)
Judge Darold McDade presides over the initial appearance of 17-year-old Meagan Grunwald, 17, who has been charged as an adult in the shootings of two Utah deputies, in Provo, Utah, on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. The counts against her include obstructing justice, aggravated robbery and use of a controlled substance. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool)
File-This photo provided by the Utah County Jail shows Meagan Grunwald. The 17-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty to a dozen charges she faces stemming from a crime spree that left a Utah deputy dead and another deputy injured. Grunwald appeared in a Provo courtroom Monday, May 12, 2014, to enter her plea to charges of murder, attempted murder and other counts. She is being charged as an adult. (AP Photo/Utah County Jail, File)
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PROVO, Utah (AP) - A teenage girl pleaded not guilty on Monday to nearly a dozen charges from a crime rampage that left a Utah County sheriff's sergeant dead.

Meagan Grunwald, 17, spoke quietly in a Provo courtroom Monday as she entered her pleas against charges of murder, attempted murder and other counts. Grunwald, who is being charged as an adult, appeared with her wrists handcuffed at her waist and wore a navy blue jail jumpsuit.

The teenager is the only surviving suspect from the Jan. 30 police chase and shootout.

Her attorney, Dean Zabriskie, told reporters after the arraignment that Grunwald plans to take the stand in her own defense at trial and will testify that her 27-year-old boyfriend forced her at gunpoint to participate in the crime rampage.

Prosecutors say Angel Garcia-Juaregui is the one who shot Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride and another deputy. But they argue Grunwald drove the couple during the chase in a pickup truck registered to the teenager and her mother.

Investigators also have said Grunwald participated in the crimes, including a carjacking.

Garcia-Juaregui, a fugitive, died from injuries he sustained in a shootout with police shortly before law enforcement arrested the pair.

During the crime spree, Grunwald was intimidated, coerced and "scared to death," Zabriskie said.

"We mourn, as the whole community does, for this dead police officer, and the other one that was horribly injured," Zabriskie said. "But we just don't see that our client is responsible for that and we think the evidence will prove that."

Chief Deputy Utah County Attorney Tim Taylor said after court Monday that his office has not discussed the possibility of a plea deal with the teenager's attorneys, who are reviewing thousands of documents of evidence that prosecutors have shared.

"We obviously know that she was there. We know that she participated," he said. "But should there be some sort of plea offer in that case, that's something we're going to be looking at."

Grunwald's relatively young age is something they'll consider when making a decision about a plea deal, Taylor said.

"She's a young girl. But we know that young people can still do horrific crimes," he said.

Taylor said if prosecutors consider a plea deal, they will discuss it with Wride's family first.

At a two-day hearing in April, prosecutors played dash-cam videos from about half a dozen officers involved in the pursuit along snowy highways in central Utah.

Prosecutors with the Utah County Attorney's Office also presented telephone records that showed Grunwald called her mother during the chase, but neither the teenager nor her mother called 911.

Grunwald is facing charges under Utah laws that make participating in and assisting with a crime nearly as serious as committing it.

Besides murder and attempted murder, Grunwald is charged with obstructing justice, aggravated robbery and use of a controlled substance. The teenager tested positive for methamphetamine after the chase, court records show.

A day before the chase, an arrest warrant had been issued for Garcia-Juaregui that alleged violations of his parole conditions. He was paroled from a Utah prison in December 2012 after serving 4 1/2 years for attempted homicide.

Grunwald could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted. She is ineligible for the death penalty because she is under 18.

A trial will be scheduled at a June 2 hearing. Attorneys say they expect the trial will take about three weeks and will be scheduled for late summer or early fall of this year.

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