Teen charged as adult with deputy's death

Alleged getaway driver is pregnant with dead gunman's child, friends tell police

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  • K Mchenry, IL
    May 13, 2014 7:02 p.m.

    First it's her mothers fault, then she should get the death penalty? Which is is?

    There is no pregnancy, so please let's not talk about giving her baby away. If there were a pregnancy he is more than 7 years her elder, rape in the state utah. Why would you take a baby away from a rape victim. That is harsh.

    Adults are still letting this girl down with the decision to treat her as an adult.

    If a 27 year old criminal had control of your minor child would you put her away for life cause he killed someone while she was there? What could she have done at age 17 to an already dangerous man to her who was armed?

  • Athomas St George, UT
    Feb. 22, 2014 4:35 p.m.

    I don't care if this girl is 17 or 77, she was old enough to watch the slaughter of one officer, the attempted slaughter of another, and participate in carjackings. But not for her actions, this might have been a completely different story. She should be charged with everything they can throw at her. Too much leniency for criminals has turned this country into a mess. I am sorry she had a rough life, but so have hundreds if not thousands of other people who choose to be law abiding and choose to respect the rights of others, she did not.The ones you should have sympathy and empathy for are her victims.

  • achick47 Abilene, TX
    Feb. 19, 2014 1:22 p.m.

    She made her decision to be his girlfriend/baby momma/wife based on the lifestyle she was raised in and was her "NORM". Did she chose wrong? I think so,but I have not walked in her shoes. My prayers go out for her that she can turn her life around. She will lose child I pray it goes to a family who are stable and can provide a safe peaceful place to grow up. I am so sorry for all the families that his decision to go out in a blaze of glory affected. One lost a husband and father, one lost a future and now must plan for a new future to include this tragedy and its harm to them, others must deal with the hardest decision their job can have, taking one life to preserve others. Now it is up to a Jury to decide how justice will be served. Yes the charges are harsh but she could have said no and left him for her and her baby's safety.

  • Happyinlife PROVO, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    I'm not without sin, but I can certainly say that I have never participated in killing anyone. Let's not let everyone out of jail just because we all commit sins! Some sins are just a tad bit (sarcasm intended) more severe than others. She may not have shot the gun, but she certainly aided her boyfriend and put many people's lives in danger.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 11:05 a.m.

    At each step in the progression of this cowardly murder/execution she failed to make a decision which could have saved her life.


    Where was her mercy for Cory Wride?

    She received mercy when her life was not taken by the deputies.


    The wheels of justice grind ever so slowly...but they do grind.

    She will eventually receive the justice she deserves.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    For those that say that she can't be charged with murder because she didn't pull the trigger, think again. If during the commission of a felony another party dies, then the felon can be charged with felony murder. Because she is a minor, capital punishment is not available. I wonder why no one has concerns that a minor is being charged as an adult. The scientific evidence is pretty clear that a juvenile brain is still developing and generally has lesser capacity to make correct decisions. Our law recognizes that fact when it comes to sexual relations, but not so in instances of violence?

  • pleblian salt lake city, utah
    Feb. 19, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    This is a state dominated by people who truly believe that this entire life is a probationary period to learn and grow, and that the sacrifice of one being allows for the forgiveness of anything, should the perpetrator repent.

    Ironic then, that they jump at the chance to charge a 17-year old girl as an adult, for a murder she did not commit, but only tangentially aided. I know the law allows for this. But it feel morally bankrupt.

    Charging her as an adult seems even more depraved when one considers that the man who shot the cops in cold blood, was statutorily raping her, regardless of consent, because the law considers her a minor and unable to consent to sex with an adult.

    There's no doubt she has punishment coming, and a debt to pay. But the commonplace zeal with which prosecutors charge kids as if they are adults is disappointing.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Feb. 19, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    Very well written article which shows the progression toward evil by Meagan Grunwald. In "Merchant of Venice", Shakespeare talked about "justice tempered with mercy". We must get back to that progression. Justice comes first and then mercy. Her actions were evil and she made that choice voluntarily even though influenced by her environment. She is definitely not the victim. The victim is Officer Wride, his family, his community, and the country which he served so proudly. "Eyes right"!

  • mecr Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 7:57 a.m.

    The law does make a difference in gravity when the victim is a police officer or other servants of justice. Age is disregarded when the crime violates such laws. They killed an officer and almost killed another one. Anybody with one inch of brains knows that you do not attack a police officer. It was not only one bad choice made that day. It all started with her mother harboring a criminal under her roof. As a mother, I would harbor my pregnant daughter but the criminal can sleep under a bridge as far as I care. I am surprised she didn't call police to report him because he was a fugitive. What was her mother thinking? Nevertheless, she did have the chance to leave and didn't do it. This is a perfect example on how you can ruin your life choice after choice. I feel bad for her but justice needs to be served. Otherwise, with this generation, soon there will not be absolutely no respect to authority,

  • spinner carlsbad, NM
    Feb. 19, 2014 7:20 a.m.

    I am thinking about the baby if this gal is pregnant. How will that little one survive in a family like that. Hopefully it will be given up for adoption...in a very sealed procedure.

  • concretebo Sandy, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 6:55 a.m.

    @benny02 @dnsubscriber, No you guys have it totally wrong !! At 17 years old this gal has made some terrible choices but to literally ruin her life or take it over these Bad choices is wrong! There are young people that make mistakes and I am not defending that . How does it bring this guy back to Life ? You have to look inside your hearts and find the kindness that our Lord Jesus Christ has left for us to follow. Are neither of you without sin ?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 1:09 a.m.

    Unless it can be proves she helped to plot the shooting of a cop, she ought not be charged with murder. Accessory after the fact yes, murder no.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 19, 2014 1:02 a.m.

    She is not the one who shot the deputy. She is not a murderer.

    She should be charged with driving a get away car and failure to render aid.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 10:43 p.m.

    The facts seem pretty obvious.

    Time for the prosecutors, judge and jury to do their duty.
    The accused deserves a fair trial, and if found guilty the maximum penalty allowed by law.

    No sympathy for her parents at all, or for her unborn child who needs a better home.

  • benny02 slc, ut
    Feb. 18, 2014 10:19 p.m.

    If convicted she should get the death penalty if available.

  • benny02 slc, ut
    Feb. 18, 2014 10:12 p.m.

    Megan's parents should be in jaii along with her. Why are they allowing their 17 year old girl date an 27 year old ex con? That wouldn't be tolerated with my daughter.