2 face August hearing in killing of sheriff's deputy Josie Fox

Published: Tuesday, March 16 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

FILLMORE — A three-day preliminary hearing has been set for August for the two men charged in connection with the slaying of Millard County sheriff's deputy Josie Greathouse Fox.

Prosecutors on Aug. 9, 10 and 11 will present their evidence against Roberto Miramontes Roman and Ruben Chavez-Reyes, and a judge will decide whether they should go to trial.

Roman, 37, is charged with aggravated murder, evidence tampering and a weapons violation and could face the death penalty. He is accused of shooting Fox during a traffic stop near Delta on Jan. 5.

Chavez-Reyes, 36, is charged with obstruction of justice, burglary, evidence tampering and a weapons violation. Prosecutors have not specified what role they believe he played in the killing, but Roman was allegedly driving a Cadillac registered to Chavez-Reyes when Fox stopped him, and a Corvette owned by Chavez-Reyes was discovered in Salt Lake City carrying one of the Cadillac's license plates.

The two men were arrested the following day when authorities tracked them to a shed in Beaver.

The Deseret News has sought to have records relating to the cases unsealed. Arguments on that request will be heard March 31 in 4th District Court in Fillmore.

— Paul Koepp

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