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Trial ordered for woman in carjacking case that led to ex-missionary's death

FARMINGTON — A woman accused of a carjacking connected to the death of a recently returned LDS missionary was ordered Wednesday to stand trial.

Michelle Jennifer Vigil, 22, of West Valley City, is charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, in connection with the first of two carjackings that led to the violent accident that killed 21-year-old Jazmyn Jeppson last month.

Vigil is scheduled to be arraigned on April 13, according to her attorney.

Anthony Santos Cruz, 28, is charged in 2nd District Court with murder, a first-degree felony, and three counts of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. He is scheduled to appear in court April 8.

Police say the two carjacked a vehicle at knife point at the intersection of Fairfield and Mutton Hollow roads in Kaysville on Feb. 1.

The woman who was carjacked was driving on Mutton Hollow Road when she said she saw Vigil standing in the middle of the street, causing the driver to slam on her brakes to avoid hitting her. Vigil then approached the driver and claimed that a man with a knife was coming to get her, according to a police report.

Moments later, a man with a knife came to the woman's window and told her to get out, the report states. The woman refused, prompting the man to grab her by her shoulders and pull her out.

The car broke down on I-15 near Centerville, and a Unified police officer on his way to work stopped to help the couple, not realizing the car was stolen. Police say Cruz walked away from the car and unsuccessfully tried to carjack a vehicle stopped in a freeway traffic jam.

At a third vehicle, police say Cruz forcefully took the car, dragging the driver at one point as he continued south on I-15. He sped through a red light at the Centerville exit, slamming into Jeppson's car and killing her, according to charging documents.

Jeppson graduated from Davis High School and attended BYU-Idaho before serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Houston, Texas. She had returned home from her mission on Dec. 16.


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