UV crime: Murder conviction, trailer park meth

Megan Huntsman, 39, (Photo courtesy Utah County Jail)

Megan Huntsman, 39, (Photo courtesy Utah County Jail)

Hearing set in dead babies case

A judge on Monday set a preliminary hearing for Megan Huntsman, a former Pleasant Grove resident accused of giving birth to six babies and then killing them and hiding their bodies in her garage.

The hearing, in which a judge will decide if there’s enough evidence for the case to continue, will be on Dec. 11.

The 39-year-old woman was arrested in April and has been held in jail on $6 million cash-only bail after her estranged husband found a baby’s body in the garage and called police.

Orem man guilty of murder

A jury this week convicted 32-year-old Conrad Truman of killing his wife in 2012. The trial lasted several weeks and the jury deliberated for two days before finding Truman guilty of murder and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors say Truman shot his wife Heidy in their Orem home on Sept. 30, 2012 to collect on her life insurance policy.

Trailer Park meth

Police say a woman who managed an Orem trailer park was selling meth out of her apartment and office at the park, 597 N. State St. They reportedly found methamphetamine, items to package the drugs and pills.

Helena Avila was booked into the Utah County Jail on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, distribution of methamphetamine, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Her boyfriend Jeffery Rouse was booked into jail on charges of possession or use of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ecstasy arrest

Police arrested a Provo man on Wednesday after he reportedly agreed to sell 19 grams of ecstasy to what turned out to be officers. When Collin Harding arrived at the meeting point, officers arrested him. He reportedly had 19 packages containing ecstasy.

Harding was booked into jail on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Card fraud

Orem police are investigating an employee at an Orem business who was adding $20 cash advances to transactions and pocketing the money. Police haven’t released the name of the business or employee.


Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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