It seemed like an open and shut case. In the immediate aftermath of the crime, the defendant, Roberto Miramontes Román, had confessed to killing Millard County Deputy Sheriff Josie Greathouse Fox. So when a jury returned a verdict of not guilty Friday, there was shock, disbelief and cries of injustice.
That is understandable, particularly from the victim's family. It is impossible to imagine their anguish and anger. Our hearts go out to them.
But it is a mistake for anyone else to label the jury's verdict a miscarriage of justice, as Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff did Sunday. The jury heard all of the evidence at trial. It weighed that evidence and concluded that it could not in good conscience return a guilty verdict because the state had not proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt. That is the jury's responsibility, and no one else's, certainly not Shurtleff's. If there was reasonable doubt in the jurors' minds, then it was their duty to return a verdict of not guilty.