Additional charges filed in connection with slaying of Millard County deputy
Prosecutors have filed additional charges against two men in connection with the fatal shooting a Millard County sheriff's deputy.
Roberto Miramontes Roman is now facing a new third-degree felony count of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person for allegedly having a gun while being in the United States illegally.
Roman, 37, was already charged with capital murder and evidence tampering in the death of 37-year-old Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox during a 1 a.m. traffic stop near Delta on Jan. 5.
Prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty for Roman.
Co-defendant Ruben Chavez-Reyes, 36, who was already charged with obstructing justice for allegedly helping Roman elude police after the shooting, is facing five new charges:
» Third-degree felony possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, for allegedly having a gun while being in the United States illegally.
» Second-degree felony burglary of a dwelling.
» Third-degree felony burglary of a non-swelling.
» Third-degree felony tampering with evidence for allegedly altering, destroying, concealing or removing a cellular telephone with the intent of impairing a police investigation.
» Third-degree felony tampering with evidence for altering, destroying, concealing or removing a firearm with the intent of impairing a police investigation.
According to the amended information, the crimes outlined in the new charges against Chavez-Reyes occurred in Millard, Juab, Utah, Beaver and Salt Lake counties.
After apparently traveling to Salt Lake City, Roman and Chavez-Reyes were arrested Jan. 6 by SWAT officers, who caught them sleeping inside a shed in Beaver.
Deputy Millard County Attorney Patrick Finlinson declined to provide additional information, saying he did not want to jeopardize the investigation or taint the potential jury pool.
The Salt Lake Tribune and other news agencies are attempting to gain access to other court documents that have been sealed at the request of prosecutors.
No trial dates have been set.
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