- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal appeals court has denied double jeopardy claims from a Utah man charged in the shooting death of a sheriff’s deputy.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that federal charges against 43-year-old Roberto Roman are valid even though he was acquitted of the crime in Utah state court.

The judges say that’s because the state and federal court systems are separate.

Roman is accused in the 2010 death of Josie Greathouse Fox. He says the deputy’s brother, Ryan Greathouse, shot and killed her after she pulled over the car both men were riding in.

Federal prosecutors filed charges shortly after a jury acquitted Roman three years ago.

Defense attorney Stephen McCaughey said he expected the Tuesday ruling and plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.


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