Hello court watchers,
This again will be a busy but abbreviated week for me in the 4th Judicial District.
On Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Division 16 there’s a preliminary hearing scheduled for Estella Toleafoa. She’s the Colorado Springs woman accused of first-degree murder in the death of her 9-month-old son. Police say the boy died after she left him in a tub of scalding hot water. Here’s my most recent story.
Also on Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Division 9, there’s a preliminary hearing for Linda Bryant. She and her husband are accused of illegally collecting benefits for two foster children they were supposed to be caring for in Monument. Police said the two boys are still missing. Here’s our most recent story.
On Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Division 15, there’s a disposition hearing scheduled for Everett Harrington, who is accused of wounding a woman in a shooting outside a sports bar. Here’s our most recent story on the case.
Also on Wednesday at 9 a.m. there are two other interesting disposition hearings scheduled.
One Division 18 is for Ismael Shelton, who is accused of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a Colorado Springs woman. Here’s my most recent story on the case.
The other hearing in Division 19 is for Chang Yi, the Colorado Springs liquor store owner who is accused of wounding an alleged shoplifter and another man outside of his store. Here’s our most recent story.
On Friday, there are two interesting preliminary hearings scheduled. I’ll be out of town that day but I’m asking my Gazette colleagues for help with coverage.
The first hearing at 9 a.m. in Division 2, is for Robert Hunt, who faces charges in the fatal shooting of another man. Hunt was arrested by the FBI in Atlanta. Not much is known about this case because the affidavit for the arrest warrant was sealed. Here’s our most recent story.
And at 10 a.m. in Division 17, a hearing is scheduled for Detra Farries, the woman accused of manslaughter and vehicular homicide in the dragging death of a Colorado Springs tow truck driver. Here’s our most recent story.
As regular readers of this blog know, court hearings often are postponed and rescheduled. So what you see here may not happen this week.
Do you know of a court story I ought to be covering? Let me know.
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John C. Ensslin
Legal affairs reporter