Court overturns conviction for accomplice in Sgt. Cory Wride’s death

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A woman convicted of aggravated murder for the death of Utah County Sgt. Cory Wride in 2014 will get another trial.

The Utah Supreme Court reversed the aggravated murder conviction for Meagan Grunwald.

Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride was shot and killed in Juab County in 2014.

Chief Justice Matthew Durrant wrote in a 60-page opinion released Friday that there is a reasonable possibility the jury would not have found Grunwald guilty if there hadn’t been inaccurate instructions and definitions of how the state defines the word “accomplice.”  Justice Thomas Lee dissented.

He wrote that “our confidence in the guilty verdict is undermined.”

In January 2014, Grunwald and her boyfriend Jose Garcia-Jauregui ambused Sgt. Wride after he pulled over to what he thought was an abandoned car on Highway 73. Sgt. Wride was shot and killed as he sat in his patrol car, before he ever got a chance to exit the vehicle.

Sg.t Wride had given dispatchers a description of the car before he was shot and another deputy spotted the couple a short time later.

The Deputy engaged in a pursuit of the car and was fired upon by the duo, striking, and injuring him. Jauregui and Grunwald then carjacked another vehicle and continued to flee near Nephi until deputies with the Juab County Shriff’s Office caught up with them.

After crashing their car, Jauregui was shot by deputies in a shootout. He later succumed to his injuries.

In July 2015, Grunwald was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison with the chance of parole for her involvement in the death of Sgt. Wride and the attempted murder of Utah County Deputy Greg Sherwood.

A new trial date has not been set.


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