Jury chosen in Grunwald case

PROVO, Utah (Good 4 Utah) – UPDATE: A jury was chosen in the case Tuesday. Oral arguments are expected to begin Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. 

Jury selection began Tuesday in the case against the teenager accused in the murder of a Utah County Sheriff Sergeant.
Meagan Grunwald, 18, is accused of being the getaway driver and highly involved in the 2014 shooting death of Sgt. Cory Wride. Once the jury is selected trial is set to begin this week.

Attorney and legal analyst Greg Skordas says he anticipates jury selection to take longer than normal. “I think it’s going to be hard to find jurors who don’t have some preconceived notion about the case.” Skordas goes on to say “I would expect because of the notoriety of the case jury selection will take longer than normal. Typically a case like this you’d expect a half a day maybe a day to select a jury. This might take somewhat longer than that.”

Skordas says with 12 felony counts against Grunwald, including attempted aggravated murder, he anticipates trial to be much longer as well. “The case has certainly received a tremendous amount of publicity and the victim being a police officer and in this case a very sympathetic and well respected police officer, I would expect this case to take quite some time. looking at the evidence this is probably a two to two and a half week trial,” said Skordas.

In those weeks, Skordas says quite a bit of evidence will come forward from the state as well as the number of witnesses. “The fact that there are a number of police officers involved I would suspect the states witness list is probably in the dozens and probably going to take the better part of a week or two to lay out their entire case,” said Skordas.

Once trial has begun Skordas anticipates the defense will likely attempt to get the jury to sympathize with Grunwald by seeing her as a impressionable young woman who was led to do things she would’t normally have done. On the flip side the prosecution will bring forth her involvement in the crime.

If convicted, Grunwald could face up to life in prison.

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