- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A 17-year-old girl who was with a man who killed one deputy and wounded another during a 2 ½-hour crime spree will remain in custody for at least another week, a judge ruled Friday.

Utah County Deputy Attorney Chris Yannelli said Friday afternoon that a juvenile court judge earlier in the day gave prosecutors until Feb. 28 to review evidence and determine what, if any, charges they will file.

Yannelli said the teenager could remain in custody until then, but a judge will review that every week.

Neil Skousen, the girl’s attorney, did not return calls for comment Friday.

Yannelli said investigators need more time to determine whether the girl was a willing participant in last week’s crime spree before they decide on charges.

Authorities said the teen was with Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui, who died after he was shot in a gunfight with police that ended the multicounty pursuit.

The teenager has been in custody since the Jan. 30 shooting. Police aren’t releasing her name because she’s a juvenile.

Investigators said the chase began with the killing of 44-year-old Utah County sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride.

Wride was shot twice while seated in his patrol car on a rural highway about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City. He had stopped to check on a truck with its emergency lights on.

Officials believe Garcia-Juaregui, 27, shot Wride and later wounded another deputy, rammed into cars and pulled off a carjacking.

The day before, an arrest warrant had been issued for Garcia-Juaregui that alleged violations of his parole conditions.

Garcia-Juaregui served 4 1/2 years in prison for attempted homicide. He was paroled from Utah state prison in December 2012.

When Garcia-Juaregui died the day after he was shot, the teenage girl became the only person prosecutors could charge.

Yannelli said it appears right now that at least for the part of the chase in Utah County, the teenager may have been the driver. It’s possible that could have changed once they crossed counties or changed vehicles, Yannelli said.

Prosecutors are still gathering information from dash-cam videos, surveillance videos from businesses, witness interviews and interviews with the dozens of officers involved.

Wride was buried Wednesday as thousands gathered in Orem to remember the quiet, dedicated father of five.

The deputy’s father, Blake Wride, remembered his son as a private man dedicated to family, his Mormon faith, and to helping his community.

The deputy injured in the shooting, Deputy Greg Sherwood, was still in the hospital Friday, Utah County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Spencer Cannon said.

The deputy, who was shot in the head about an hour after Wride was killed, had a successful surgery on Wednesday and was doing relatively well considering his injuries, Cannon said. Sherwood, 38, had been listed in serious condition Wednesday, and Cannon said he had not heard any changes to his status by Friday.

Sherwood has been with the agency for two years. He worked 11 years previously in law enforcement for the Springfield and Spanish Fork police departments.


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