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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge has denied allegations of bias and refused to toss out the conviction of a woman found guilty of being the getaway driver in crime spree that left a sheriff's deputy dead.
Lawyers for 18-year-old Meagan Grunwald argued that Provo Judge Darold McDade was biased because he'd previously dealt with her boyfriend, the man who fired the fatal shots from the passenger seat of her truck during the January 2014 chase.
But Judge David Mortensen said in an order filed Sept. 1 that it's common for judges to see repeat offenders.
Grunwald is serving up to life in prison after she was convicted on 11 charges, including aggravated murder.
Prosecutors say the teenager was a willing accomplice, but she testified that Jose Angel Garcia-Jauregui forced her to drive. He was killed during a police shootout.
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