CRIME

Murder defendant’s girlfriend pleads guilty to obstruction

Oct 5, 2018, 1:18 PM
Morgan Reannon Henderson, 35, of Mammoth, Juab County, pleaded guilty Friday to 10 counts of obstructing justice, a second-degree felony, in the killings of a young Eureka couple. As part of a plea deal, she has agreed to testify against her boyfriend, Jerrod Baum, who is charged with murdering the couple and throwing their bodies into an abandoned mine. (Photo: Utah County Jail)
(Photo: Utah County Jail)

PROVO, Utah (AP) – The girlfriend of a man accused of killing a teenage couple cried Friday while listening to relatives of the victims in a Provo courtroom where she pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and was sentenced to jail and probation.

The Daily Herald reported that Morgan Henderson will serve three years in jail or until authorities resolve the pending murder case against 41-year-old Jerrod Baum. Henderson was also sentenced to five years of probation.

Baum awaits trial in the killings of 18-year-old Riley Powell and 17-year-old Brelynne “Breezy” Otteson in December 2017. He’s accused of throwing their bodies in an abandoned mine shaft.

Henderson initially denied knowing about the long-missing teens’ whereabouts but after her March 24 arrest on drug and weapons charges, she told police where the bodies were dumped.

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