SALT LAKE CITY — The man charged with killing a Millard County sheriff’s deputy has been found mentally ill and won’t be eligible for the death penalty in the case.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/N4X12K) 4th District Judge Donald Eyre issued his ruling Monday.
Two psychologists had testified in May that Roberto Miramontes Roman’s IQ falls below 70, which is generally considered the threshold for mental retardation.
The 39-year-old Roman is charged with shooting Josie Fox during a 2010 traffic stop. The 37-year-old Fox had stopped the car suspecting Roman had been involved in a drug deal just minutes earlier.
The deputy was shot with an AK-47 pointed out the driver’s window as she approached the car.
Roman’s trial is set for August.