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SUNRISE: Court-martial begins in death of Carson soldier

Staff reports Updated: December 10, 2012 at 12:00 am

A court-martial is scheduled to get under way in the death of Army Spc. Brandy Fonteneaux of Houston, who was found dead in her room at Fort Carson in January.

Sgt. Vincinte Jackson goes on trial Monday on charges of murder and premeditated murder in Fonteneaux's death. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

His attorneys have declined to comment in the report from The Associated Press.

Fonteneaux's family says she knew Jackson but they weren't close. Army officials haven't publicly discussed a motive.

Jackson is an Army combat engineer from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. He has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and received the Purple Heart.

    

WEATHER

The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 32 degrees with partly skies Monday in Colorado Springs. Expect an overnight low of 12. A warmup from our bitter cold temperatures kicks in Tuesday, when the weather service forecasts a high of 39. Expect a high of 50 on Wednesday.

  

AROUND COLORADO

Theater shooting suspect due back in court

CENTENNIAL (AP) — The man charged with the Colorado movie theater shootings is due back in court for a hearing that was delayed last month after he was taken to a hospital for undisclosed reasons.

Defense attorneys told a judge James Holmes couldn't attend a hearing that had been scheduled for Nov. 15. They withheld details, saying they didn't want to reveal privileged medical or psychiatric information.

The judge postponed the hearing until Monday.

Denver media outlets, citing unnamed sources, reported Holmes was injured when he hit his head on a wall, apparently intentionally. Authorities wouldn't comment.

Holmes is charged with fatally shooting 12 people and injuring at least 58 in a crowded theater in July.

Students accused of feeding pot brownies to class

BOULDER (AP) — Two University of Colorado students accused of providing marijuana-laced brownies to unsuspecting classmates and a professor have been arrested and face several felony charges.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/UObHbd ) 21-year-old Thomas Ricardo Cunningham and 19-year-old Mary Elizabeth Essa were arrested Saturday on suspicion of second-degree assault and inducing the consumption of controlled substances by fraudulent means, along with two conspiracy counts.

CU Police spokesman Ryan Huff says officers were called Friday morning after a history professor complained of dizziness and losing consciousness. The professor, who was not identified, was hospitalized. Two students in the class who ate the brownies also were hospitalized and five others were sickened.

Police say Cunningham and Essa baked the brownies and brought them to class as part of a "bring food day."

Craig man arrested in murder case

CRAIG (AP) — A Craig man has been arrested after an assault victim died.

Leroy Fief was arrested Sunday and booked into the Moffat County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Police were called to investigate a possible assault and found Armando Arrendondo seriously injured.

According to the Craig Daily Press (http://tinyurl.com/a3nfkd9 ), police administered first aid until an ambulance crew arrived.

Arrendondo was taken to The Memorial Hospital in Craig where he was pronounced dead.

Community meeting to discuss national park fire

ESTES PARK (AP) — Estes Park residents are getting a briefing from officials on what they can expect for the next few months as firefighters battle a 6-square-mile wildfire burning in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Fire officials say the Fern Lake Fire, which is 88 percent contained, will continue to smolder in dense forests. The meeting is being held Monday at the Estes Park Town Hall.

The fire, which remains under investigation, has been burning since Oct. 9 and has destroyed one cabin. All evacuation orders have been lifted.

Jimmy Carter to work on Denver Habitat project

DENVER (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter is planning a trip to Colorado next year to help Habitat for Humanity build and repair homes in a neighborhood north of downtown Denver.

KUSA-TV reports (http://on9news.tv/TwMRMK ) Carter made the announcement while on a Habitat project in Leogane, Haiti, working alongside a group of volunteers from Colorado to build 100 homes in one week. It's been nearly three years since an earthquake crippled the country.

The former president will work in Denver's Globeville neighborhood in October.

Habitat for Humanity, which helps build affordable housing, has more than 1,500 affiliates in the United States and is in more than 80 countries. Homeowners put sweat equity into their house and pay the cost to build it at 0 percent interest.

  

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant or face excommunication.

In 1861, the Confederacy admitted Kentucky as it recognized a pro-Southern shadow state government that was acting without the authority of the pro-Union government in Frankfort.

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1967, singer Otis Redding, 26, and six others were killed when their plane crashed into Wisconsin’s Lake Monona.

    

HAPPENINGS

-- “Brutiful Music,” featuring Molly Boyles, Teddy Nazario, Jon Janssen and Bryant Jones, 8 p.m., CK Comics and Collectibles, 719 Manitou Ave., Suite B, Manitou Springs, free.

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