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CEDAR CITY — A man authorities suspected of involvement in the death of 26-year-old Stevie Shay Wilkerson of St. George has been charged with capital murder in connection with the case.
Joseph Edward “Joey” Fought, 30, made his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon via video link from the Iron County Jail, where he has been incarcerated since his extradition from California last week.
In addition to the possession of a stolen vehicle charge that he was originally charged with, Fought now faces three additional felony charges: aggravated murder, kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a restricted person. The murder charge is a first-degree felony, while the other three charges are second-degree felonies.
All four crimes are alleged to have occurred “on or about Aug. 9,” which is the day investigators say Fought drove a pickup truck from St. George to the Cedar City area with Wilkerson, another female passenger and 27-year-old Brittany Elizabeth “Josie” Phillips, who is also in custody in Iron County.
The vehicle stopped in a remote area of western Iron County, at which point, according to information given to authorities by the other woman in the truck, Wilkerson was “left near the city of Enterprise.” Her body was reportedly found more than a week later near the location described by the other woman.