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Gazette Premium Content Preliminary hearing held for two men accused in Colorado Springs kidnapping, shooting

By Lisa Walton Updated: April 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Two men accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman before allegedly shooting her in the head and leaving her to die had been at an apartment party with her hours before she was found alive on Dec. 28 near Old Colorado City, according to investigators.

At a preliminary hearing for Hamilton Lee Sullivan and Jorge Luis Hernandez, the suspects in the case, Colorado Springs police detectives told the court that the victim had been involved in an altercation with the men before they allegedly forced her to leave the party. Witnesses told police she was grabbed by one of the men and pushed out of a door and down the stairs, where she fell and hit her head, detectives told the court. A woman who lived in the apartment said she had looked out of a window and saw the victim being forced into the back of her own car, detectives said.

When she recovered, the victim told police that Hernandez "put her in danger," but doesn't remember hitting her head, leaving the apartment or being sexually assaulted, investigators told the court. Prosecutors allege that there was no other explanation for the dirt and debris found inside her body or the scuff marks across her back. Detectives also testified that they found possible ligature marks on her wrists.

An arraignment for both Sullivan and Hernandez is set for May 27 at 9 a.m. They are both being held at the El Paso County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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