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"I did not see that," Finch replied.

Zabriskie pointed out there was no evidence indicating whether the gun was ever pointed at the girl or not, but said outside of court it was a "possibility."

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Police believe Garcia-Jauregui — who was the teen’s boyfriend — did all of the shooting during the Jan. 30 crime spree. Grunwald is charged as an accomplice.

Zabriskie told reporters he considers his client "a victim" in the case.

"We have a 17-year-old girl who is now locked in a truck with a lunatic shooting at anything and everything he can," Zabriskie said.

However, prosecutors have said Grunwald played an active role that day by driving her truck while Garcia-Jauregui fired at police. They also point to dash-cam footage that shows Grunwald running behind Garcia-Jauregui after their truck crashed in Nephi.

"Actions speak louder than words," Deputy Utah County Attorney Sam Pead said outside of court.

After Sherwood was shot, the police chase continued south on Interstate 15, where the truck’s tires were spiked. The suspects commandeered another vehicle at gunpoint, but that vehicle also was disabled by tire spikes south of Nephi, where Juab County sheriff’s deputies arrested the pair after shooting and wounding Garcia-Jauregui during an exchange of gunfire, according to court documents.

Juab County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Taylor testified Wednesday that the gunfight ensued after Garcia-Jauregui jumped from the car, followed by Grunwald.

Taylor said that although Garcia-Jauregui was wounded in the head, he was still conscious and struggling when Taylor approached and handcuffed him.


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After asking for a drink of water, Garcia-Jauregui asked, according to Taylor: "Why don’t you let me kiss my girlfriend with my last dying breath?"

"I just said, that’s not going to happen," Taylor testified.

Garcia-Jauregui died at a hospital the next day.

Grunwald, who is being held at the Salt Lake County jail, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole if convicted of aggravated murder. Because she is a minor, she is not eligible for the death penalty.

Along with the aggravated murder charge, an amended information filed Tuesday also charges Grunwald with two counts of attempted aggravated murder, three counts of felony discharge of a firearm, two counts of criminal mischief, aggravated robbery, failure to respond to an officer, possession or use of a controlled substance and violation of operator duties after an accident.

Pead said Tuesday that the amended information differs from the original charges in that two charges of obstruction of justice and one charge of discharge of a firearm were removed because they overlapped with other charges, and one count of criminal mischief was added to account for another vehicle that was allegedly damaged during the crime spree.

According to charging documents, Grunwald and Garcia-Jauregui had been living together for several months at the teen’s mother’s home in Draper. The couple planned to wed when Grunwald turned 18 in August.

The girl’s grandmother, Renate Grunwald, has told The Salt Lake Tribune that her granddaughter met Garcia-Jauregui six months before the fatal shooting. Both were working at a meat packaging plant in Draper.

Renate Grunwald said when Garcia-Jauregui moved into Grunwald’s home, it set off a conflict between her parents, Jerry Grunwald and Tori Grunwald. Jerry — who is Renate’s son — wanted Garcia-Jauregui out of the house but, according to Renate, Tori wanted to let him stay.

Garcia-Jauregui was paroled in December 2012 from the Utah State Prison after serving five years of a one-to-15-year sentence for 2008 convictions for attempted murder and aggravated assault.

jmiller@sltrib.com

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