Additional murder charges have been filed in the death of a 26-year-old St. George woman whose remains were found in remote Iron County in August.
Stevie Wilkerson was shot and killed after being driven to the remote location outside of Enterprise, according to documents filed in 5th District Court. Joseph Edward Fought, 30, was charged with aggravated murder, while Brittany Elizabeth Phillips, 27, and Maida Janet Martinez, 35, were each charged with murder.
Court documents describe the three suspects all driving together from a hotel in St. George to a remote area outside of Enterprise on Aug. 9. Martinez told officers that she and Fought had been abusive to Wilkerson during the ride, saying that she slapped Wilkerson “a few times” and that Fought had punched her in the face, making her bleed, according to one filing.
On a dirt road outside of town, Martinez and Faught, who was armed with a handgun, allegedly forced Wilkerson out of the vehicle, according to what officers said they were told by Phillips. When the two returned, Wilkerson was not with them, and Phillips quoted Fought as saying “no body, no case.”
The three suspects then drove together to Cedar City, where they ate fast food, according to court records.
The filings do not describe how Wilkerson met the suspects or why they were traveling together, although records suggest she was forced into the vehicle against her will. Phillips and Fought “both have extensive criminal history from the eastern United States,” the charging documents note.
Surveillance video obtained by police indicated that Fought and Phillips had been seen driving a white Chevrolet pickup truck that had been reported stolen by a rental company based in Arkansas.
Fought and Phillips were arrested in Barstow, California at a local motel on Aug. 30 and were extradited back to Utah. They both made initial court appearances this week.
All three suspects face additional charges related to the incident, including kidnapping. Fought faces up to life in prison without parole or an indeterminate prison term of no less than 25 years for the aggravated murder charge, a capital offense, and prosecutors could choose to seek the death penalty.