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Thursday is day 2 of preliminary hearing for Meagan Grunwald

Published: Thursday, April 17 2014 9:19 a.m. MDT

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SoCalTrueBlue2
San Diego, CA

Young people, it really does matter who you "hang" with. (Double meaning intended)

Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

I'm no lawyer, but could someone explain why it takes three days for a preliminary hearing just to see if she should face these charges? It seems pretty cut and dry that she is involved and should face the charges. Guilty or innocent is another story for another court hearing.

thebudmiller
American Fork, UT

I am not an attorney either but I would guess that there is a chance this could become a death penalty case and if so the prosecutors will want to have every I dotted and T crossed

majmajor
Layton, UT

Bud/Obama,

In a preliminary hearing, it is usually not the State that wants to present this info. Usually the defense requests the hearing to see the major theories of the prosecutors. This hearing needs to just demonstrate "probable cause" to the judge that the crime was committed and that the individual committed the crime.

With the above understanding, the prosecutors will need to show that the defendant was a participate of the crime. Just being a passenger is not enough. I would think that the prosecution will probably present testimony about the defendant's attitude, conversations, and follow-on actions... It takes time to share all the info.

DonO
Draper, UT

This young woman is well past the age of accountability and needs to be held accountable for her part in this horrible mess. IMO, she should be locked away in an adult facility at least until she is a very old woman.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

I see no clear evidence she is responsible for any of this. The fact that something horrific happened doesn't justify pinning this on an innocent girl.

Cleetorn
Fuaamotu, Tonga

Obviously, cjb, you were not at the hearing and, therefore, SAW no evidence either way. And while you are right that "something horrific [happening] doesn't justify pinning this on an innocent girl," it is HIGHLY appropriate to accuse and try her based on the evidence at hand. If she is a "victim" as her DA claims, the courts will sort it out and she can go on her merry way. If not, she will have to face the punishment that fits the crime.

airnaut
Everett, 00

@thebudmiller
American Fork, UT
I am not an attorney either but I would guess that there is a chance this could become a death penalty case and if so the prosecutors will want to have every I dotted and T crossed

5:31 p.m. April 16, 2014

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Good thing you are not an attorney.
How can she been given the death penalty when
she's a juvenile
AND
she didn't directly kill anyone,
AND
she is not charged with 1st degree murder?

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

airnaut
Everett, 00

Your rhetorical questions can be answered if you read the statutes concerning accomplices in major crimes. The driver of a get away can is just as guilty as the person who actually robbed the bank.

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