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Daniel Nations in court; additional felony count delayed

October 27, 2017 Updated: October 27, 2017 at 10:00 am
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Prosecutors need more time to file an additional charge against a drifter accused of threatening visitors to Mount Herman near Monument in the days before a local mountain biker was slain there, they announced Friday at a brief court hearing.

Daniel J. Nations, 31, was ordered to return to court Wednesday, at which time authorities say they will file an attempted trespassing charge related to a Sept. 9 incident in El Paso County.

Nations' bond will also be argued at that hearing.

The bearded defendant stood beside his attorney in court with his hands cuffed behind his back but didn't say anything.

Amy Fitch, a prosecutor, tied the delay to an administrative error related to a new electronic filing system at the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Details of the trespassing episode haven't been released, but it involves allegations of an attempted assault and criminal mischief, or damage to property, court records show. The trespassing count also alleges that Nations tried to break into an automobile.

Court records show the would-be attack came five days before the disappearance of Palmer Lake cyclist Timothy Watkins, who was last seen Sept. 14. Watkins' body was found three days later off Mt. Herman Road, and El Paso County sheriff's deputies said the former bike shop owner had been shot to death.

Nations has drawn scrutiny in the Watkins case but hasn't been tied by criminal charges.

Indiana authorities have identified Nations as a person of interest the February killings of two teenage girls in Delphi, Ind., but haven't filed charges, either.

Nations moved to the Pikes Peak area last May from Indiana and was squatting at campsites along Mt. Herman Road with his wife and two young children, his wife, Katelyn Nations told The Gazette.

Nations was previously charged with menacing, also a felony, related to separate allegations that he threatened someone with a hatchet in the Mount Herman area on Aug. 24.

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