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Southern Utah woman charged with aggravated murder; prosecutors do not seek death penalty

Southern Utah woman charged with aggravated murder; prosecutors do not seek death penalty
Southern Utah woman charged with aggravated murder; prosecutors do not seek death penalty

WASHINGTON, Washington County – A 28-year-old woman accused of brutally murdering her parents in their home is now charged with 11 felony counts, including 10 first-degree felonies.

Mia Bailey was charged Friday in 5th District Court with two counts of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony. Prosecutors point out in charging documents, however, that “the state does not seek the death penalty. Accordingly, aggravated murder is not a capital crime. Aggravated murder is punishable by an indeterminate term of imprisonment of not less than 25 years, which may be life or life without parole.”

“The State hereby declares its intention not to seek the death penalty.”

Bailey is also charged with attempted aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, and six counts of discharging a firearm with serious bodily injury (all first-degree felonies) and one additional count of discharging a firearm (a third-degree felony).

According to court records, Bailey’s name and gender were officially changed from Collin Troy Bailey in 5th District Court last year.

She is accused of driving to the home of her parents, Joseph and Gail Bailey, at 1039 E. Chinook Drive in Washington City on Tuesday, entering uninvited and immediately firing several shots at her parents.

Mia Bailey reportedly told police “that she felt no remorse for her actions and that she would not change her behavior. Mia said, ‘I would do it again. I hate her,'” a police affidavit states. “Mia told officers that she went to the apartment with the intention of killing her parents.”

She then fired a shot through a closed door into a bedroom where her brother had locked himself, court documents say.

The killings sparked a nighttime manhunt for Bailey, whom police described as “armed and dangerous” and advised area residents to stay in their homes and lock their doors.

She was arrested around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the area of ​​2800 East and 1000 South after being surrounded by police.

At least one neighbor said there was “volatility and bad vibes” within the family. After her arrest, Bailey also told police about “strained relationships with several other family members” and “several family members told officers they were afraid of Mia,” a police affidavit states.

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