Two suspects in the death of a St. George woman arrested in California

SALT LAKE CITY – Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a St. George woman whose body was found in a remote area of ​​southern Utah and has been taken into custody in California.

Brittany Elizabeth Phillips, 2, of Missouri, and Joseph Edward Fate, 35, of North Carolina, were charged Aug. 31 with five counts of aggravated burglary.

According to the chargesheet, “both are suspects in the murder of Stevie Wickerson.”

Stevie Shaw Wilkerson, 226, was missing from August 23 until his disappearance in West Iron County on August 23. He was spotted leaving Claris Inn, 118787 S. Bluff, according to St. George Police.

According to chargesheets, a rental car was reported stolen from Arkansas on Aug. 4. On Aug. 9, Phillips and Gates were seen watching video of a stolen car driving in St. George.

According to the complaint, “the car was seen parked in a Washington County hotel and restaurant on Aug. 9,” the complaint said, adding that the couple drove the stolen car to Iron County that day, where their cellphone location information was pinned, near Canarraville, near Iron County.

A witness accompanying Phillips and Fayette told police that Wilkerson was also in the car, according to the complaint.

“(Witness) said Wilkerson was removed from the truck and dropped off near the town of Enterprise (In). Video surveillance shows Mrs. Wilkerson with Mr. Fat and Mrs. Phillips in the Shubh Chubby truck, “charged.” Steve Wickerson’s body was later found near the location described by Iron County (witness) on Aug. 23. “

On Aug. 31, police in Barstow, California, arrested Phillips and Fodd near a motel and arrested them on a stolen car warrant, according to the sheriff’s office. Iron County Sheriff’s deputies traveled to California on Sept. 2 to interview the suspects. As of Tuesday, both are in California awaiting extradition to Utah.

As of Tuesday, no charges had been filed against the couple following Wilkerson’s death.

Phillips and the photos “have four criminal histories of the United States of America,” the charging documents note.

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