Hello court watchers,
It looks like a busy week ahead in the Fourth Judicial District. Here are a few of the stories I’ll be watching.
On Monday, testimony is scheduled to resume in the trial of Jarrott Paul Martinez, a former Manitou Springs police officer accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend. Here’s my most recent story on the case. The trial is before Judge David Shakes in Division 4.
Also on Monday, there’s a motions hearing scheduled at 9 a.m. before Judge Barbara Hughes in Division 13 for three men accused in the murder of a former soldier who was allegedly killed in a marijuana deal gone bad. Here’s my most recent story on the case.
Tuesday should see the end of testimony in the three-week long first-degree murder trial of Robert Hull Marko, the 23-year-old Fort Carson soldier accused in the October 2008 rape-murder of a 19-year-old woman.
The defense is expected to conclude by calling a psychiatrist to support Marko’s claim that he is not guilty by reason of insanity. Closing arguments are expected to follow in the afternoon.
I’ll be live blogging this trial, which is before Judge Larry Schwartz in Division 5. Here’s my most recent story.
Also on Tuesday, testimony resumes in the child abuse trial of Jeremiah Lovato, who is accused of beating his former adoptive son. This trial, before Judge Robert Lowrey in Division 12, is expected to go to the jury by the end of the week. Here’s my most recent post.
On Wednesday at 9 a.m. there’s a sentencing hearing for Adan Viveros, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing one man and wounding a teenager during an April 12 shooting. Viveros faces a sentence of between 15 to 48 years in prison when he is sentenced by Judge David Gilbert in Division 7. Here’s my most recent story on the case.
Also on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. there’s a preliminary hearing scheduled for Everett Harrington, who is accused in a shooting outside a Colorado sports bar. The hearing is in Division 15 before Judge Gregory Werner. Here’s our more recent story on the case.
On Thursday at 10 a.m. Judge William Bain in Division 22 is scheduled to sentence Jesus Bezada-Rodriquez, one of four men arrested in a shooting incident on Airport Road. Here’s our initial story on the case.
Stay tuned to the Sidebar for updates on these cases during the week. But keep in mind that court hearings often are delayed and rescheduled. So what you see here may not happen.
Do you know of a court case I ought to be covering? Let me know. My e-mail: email@example.com
John C. Ensslin
Legal Affairs reporter