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Shootings » Man who saw gunplay says girl didn’t appear “fearful.”

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Clarken said he felt that any claim that the girl was being held against her will by Garcia-Jauregui was "absolute bulls---t" compared to what he saw.

"She was very distraught that he had been killed," Clarken said. "If I was being held against my will, I’m not going to shed a single tear [for the captor.] That didn’t wash with me at all."

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Grunwald is charged as an adult in Provo’s 4th District Court with aggravated murder in the death of Utah County Sgt. Cory Wride on a road near Lehi, and attempted aggravated murder for the wounding of Utah County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Sherwood in Santaquin.

She also is charged with two counts of attempted aggravated murder, three 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.

Grunwald was ordered to stand trial on the charges following the preliminary hearing. She is expected to be in court again for an arraignment on May 12.

Grunwald at the wheel » The deadly crime spree began about 1 p.m. on Jan. 30, when Wride stopped his patrol car on State Road 73 about 5 miles west of Lehi to check on a Toyota Tundra pickup truck that was stopped on the shoulder.

Wride was sitting in his patrol car checking information given to him by Grunwald, who was allegedly driving, and Garcia-Jauregui, when the man allegedly opened the back sliding window of the truck and began shooting at the officer.

Seven shots were fired toward Wride, according to police investigators. The first two struck the windshield, and killed Wride.

Police believe Grunwald was still driving the truck when she encountered Utah County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Sherwood in Santaquin.

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As Sherwood was following the truck in his patrol vehicle, prosecutors allege the teen girl braked suddenly — closing distance between her truck and Sherwood’s vehicle — and Garcia-Jauregui fired from the back window of the truck once more. Sherwood was struck once in the head.

The two continued south on Interstate 15, with Garcia-Jauregui taking shots at random vehicles, including a semi-truck, according to preliminary hearing testimony.

After police spiked the Tundra’s tires, the pair commandeered another vehicle at gunpoint, but that vehicle was disabled by tire spikes south of Nephi, where Juab County sheriff’s deputies arrested them after shooting and wounding Garcia-Jauregui, according to court documents.


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