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Man accused of killing sheriff's deputy requests new attorney

Man accused of killing sheriff's deputy requests new attorney

By Emiley Morgan | Posted - Nov. 9, 2011 at 8:55 p.m.


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SPANISH FORK — A man facing a capital murder charge in connection with the killing of Millard County sheriff's deputy Josie Greathouse Fox has asked for a new attorney.

Roberto Miramontes Roman, 39, penned the letter to 4th District Judge Donald Eyre in late October. The brief note, written in the man's native Spanish, says he does not feel his attorney, Stephen McCaughey, is working well on the case.

Roman asks that the judge provide for a change in attorney to allow for a "just and legal" trial.

"It's my final decision," the man wrote.

A hearing to discuss the matter has been set for Nov. 17.

Roman, who is charged with capital murder, has a trial scheduled for May 2012. He also faces charges of tampering with evidence and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, third-degree felonies.

Fox was killed in the early morning hours of Jan. 5, 2010, after initiating a traffic stop on U.S. 50 just outside of Delta.

Roman told police he shot Fox because he thought he was stopped because he is a Mexican national, according to court testimony. He apparently told police that he opened fire as soon as the officer came into view and only later realized the deputy was a woman.

Email:emorgan@ksl.com

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