Hello court watchers,
The week ahead looks to an unusually busy one in the Fourth Judicial District with as many as three fairly high profile trials scheduled to begin Monday. Among them:
-Thomas Woolly, a Fort Carson soldier accused of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old woman in a Colorado Springs apartment. Here’s an earlier story on the case.
-Aylais “Buddy” Oliver, a Security man accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his son during an argument over the Thanksgiving weekend in 2009. Here’s my most recent story on the case.
-Richard L. Riley, a parole officer accused of sexual assaulting a woman whose parole he was assigned to oversee. This is a retrial. Here’s a story from the first trial.
Also this week:
On Monday, Judge David Shakes is scheduled to rule on a request to exclude from evidence a videotaped interview with a 14-year-old boy accused of killing his younger brother and wounding their mother. Here’s my story about the case.
On Thursday, Judge Barney Iuppa is scheduled to impose a mandatory life sentence on Willie B. Allmon. A jury found Allmon guilty of the rape/murder of his 8-month-old grandson. This will be a chance for the boy’s mother and grandmother to have their say. Here’s my story on the verdict.
And on Friday, there’s a review hearing for Bruce Nozolino, the Colorado Springs anti-tax activist accused of killing one man in Stetson Hills and trying to kill his ex-wife’s divorce lawyer and the judge in the case. This is expected to be the first hearing where prosecutors outline their evidence against Nozolino. Here’s my most recent story on the case.
Keep in mind, trials and other hearings frequently are delayed or postponed. So what you see here may not happen. But even if only 1 or 2 of these trials gets underway, it will be a busy week.
Do you know of a court case I ought to be covering? Let me know. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
John C. Ensslin
Legal Affairs reporter