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Court roundup: Four murder trials set this week; first begins in July

By LISA walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - Published: June 27, 2014

A roundup of court documents found that trial dates were set this week in four 2013 murder cases, according to the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Dominic Daniels, 19, pleaded not guilty Monday in the March 8, 2013, shooting death of 26-year-old Christopher Jackson, who was found dead at the Pine Creek Village apartments at 960 Chapman Dr. in southeast Colorado Springs.

A 15-year-old girl was also shot, Colorado Springs police reported. Daniels turned himself into authorities on March 12, police said. A jury trial for Daniels was set for Nov.3.

On Thursday, Gary Glen Vigil,22, pleaded not guilty in the double murder of his ex-girlfriend Camille Root and her boyfriend, Daniel Casteneda, last summer.

Police reported the two were leaving Nancy's Lion Den bar at 2815 E. Platte Ave. when they were allegedly ambushed by Vigil. Both victims were found shot to death in an alley on Aug. 1, 2013. Vigil escaped to Mexico after the deaths, but turned himself into authorities in El Paso, Texas, in December. A jury trial for Vigil was set for Nov. 3.

A trial date was set for 33-year-old Andre Jones, who is accused of fatally shooting his pregnant, estranged wife Lakeisha Jones, in the belly as she entered through the front door of her apartment on Sept. 9, 2013. The shooting left her baby in critical condition.

Jones pleaded not guilty in December. His trial is set to begin on July 7.

Dawn Richburg, a 34-year-old woman accused of plotting to kill her step-father, will stand trial in October.

Miguel "Mike" Barajas, 47 was found dead Feb. 13, 2013, in his bedroom at 118 Judson St. Investigators testified that what appeared to be a burglary gone wrong was actually part of a plot hatched by Richburg, her mother, Sandra Barajas, and a male acquaintance named Tommy Wright. Wright later admitted to pulling the trigger.

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