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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on charges against three teenagers charged in the car-chase death of a Utah police office (all times local):

2:55 p.m.

Prosecutors have filed murder and theft charges against three teenagers accused of hitting and killing an officer during a police chase in a stolen car.

The charging documents were made public Friday after a media push to have the case against the 14-and-15-year-old boys unsealed.

Police have said the teens stole a car from an apartment complex, then sped away from police. West Valley City Police Officer Cody Brotherson was fatally struck after he got out of his cruiser to lay out tire-puncturing strips in an effort to stop the car.

The Associated Press does not usually name juvenile defendants.


8 a.m.

A Utah judge will make public charging documents and other information in the criminal case of three teenagers accused in the car-chase death of a police officer.

Third District Juvenile Judge Kim Hornak ruled Thursday there was no legal reason to keep the case sealed.

A coalition of media outlets pushed for open hearings and the release of documents, arguing there's a strong public interest in the outcome of the high-profile case.

Defense attorneys had argued the case should be sealed because opening it could harm the juvenile defendants.

Police have said three boys, ages 14 and 15, were in a stolen car that struck West Valley City Police Officer Cody Brotherson on Nov. 6 while he was placing spike strips in an effort to stop a police chase.

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