<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Fri, 29 May 2015 12:30:54 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Document details text messages in case of Colorado Springs teacher accused of sexual assault]]> http://gazette.com/document-details-text-messages-in-case-of-colorado-springs-teacher-accused-of-sexual-assault/article/1552747?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/document-details-text-messages-in-case-of-colorado-springs-teacher-accused-of-sexual-assault/article/1552747?custom_click=rss

An arrest affidavit for a 30-year-old Colorado Springs high school teacher accused of sexual assault lays out a string of text messages - several sexually graphic - that he allegedly exchanged with a 17-year-old student.

Vista Ridge High teacher Christopher Brett Markham was arrested May 22 on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. He was an English teacher at Vista Ridge High School until December, when he was reassigned to Stetson Hills Elementary to be a paraprofessional at the school's library, Colorado Springs police said. Both schools are in Falcon School District 49.

Markham was placed on paid administrative leave when he was arrested, District 49 said in a news release last week.



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An arrest affidavit for a 30-year-old Colorado Springs high school teacher accused of sexual assault lays out a string of text messages - several sexually graphic - that he allegedly exchanged with a 17-year-old student.

Vista Ridge High teacher Christopher Brett Markham was arrested May 22 on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. He was an English teacher at Vista Ridge High School until December, when he was reassigned to Stetson Hills Elementary to be a paraprofessional at the school's library, Colorado Springs police said. Both schools are in Falcon School District 49.

Markham was placed on paid administrative leave when he was arrested, District 49 said in a news release last week.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 12:23:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Jury deliberating case of Black Forest woman accused of animal cruelty]]> http://gazette.com/jury-deliberating-case-of-black-forest-woman-accused-of-animal-cruelty/article/1552748?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jury-deliberating-case-of-black-forest-woman-accused-of-animal-cruelty/article/1552748?custom_click=rss

A jury began deliberating Friday morning in the case of a woman accused of mistreating 10 horses and four llamas at her Black Forest property.

Sherri Brunzell, 63, was charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty after authorities in September found the animals to be too thin or overweight, and having overgrown hooves, oral ulcers and sharp teeth that made it difficult to eat.

The animal barn is near Burgess and Milam roads in Black Forest.

Two of the horses were considered to be "thin," according to El Paso County Sheriff's Office investigators.

Brunzell is accused of not providing "basic" care to the animals, the prosecution said. Ashley Decker, one of the prosecutors, said Brunzell did not provide such dental care



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A jury began deliberating Friday morning in the case of a woman accused of mistreating 10 horses and four llamas at her Black Forest property.

Sherri Brunzell, 63, was charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty after authorities in September found the animals to be too thin or overweight, and having overgrown hooves, oral ulcers and sharp teeth that made it difficult to eat.

The animal barn is near Burgess and Milam roads in Black Forest.

Two of the horses were considered to be "thin," according to El Paso County Sheriff's Office investigators.

Brunzell is accused of not providing "basic" care to the animals, the prosecution said. Ashley Decker, one of the prosecutors, said Brunzell did not provide such dental care

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Fri, 29 May 2015 12:10:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police: Thrown beer bottle leads to stabbing and arrests]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-thrown-beer-bottle-leads-to-stabbing-and-arrests/article/1552745?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-thrown-beer-bottle-leads-to-stabbing-and-arrests/article/1552745?custom_click=rss

A 21-year-old man was arrested early Friday morning after he allegedly threw a beer bottle at a woman, who responded by allegedly stabbing the man in the shoulder, Colorado Springs police said.

Kent Clark allegedly assaulted a woman in an east Colorado Springs apartment on the 700 block of Chapman Drive, police said. An argument between the two led to a physical struggle that "continued throughout the apartment," police said.

Officers responded to the scene around 12:40 a.m. Friday when a woman reported that she "thought" she stabbed her boyfriend, police said.

"At one point, while being physically assaulted, the female grabbed a knife and stabbed the male in the back side of the shoulder," police said in a statement.



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A 21-year-old man was arrested early Friday morning after he allegedly threw a beer bottle at a woman, who responded by allegedly stabbing the man in the shoulder, Colorado Springs police said.

Kent Clark allegedly assaulted a woman in an east Colorado Springs apartment on the 700 block of Chapman Drive, police said. An argument between the two led to a physical struggle that "continued throughout the apartment," police said.

Officers responded to the scene around 12:40 a.m. Friday when a woman reported that she "thought" she stabbed her boyfriend, police said.

"At one point, while being physically assaulted, the female grabbed a knife and stabbed the male in the back side of the shoulder," police said in a statement.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 11:35:45 -0600
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: I-25 procession for Colorado cadet killed in chase crash]]> http://gazette.com/photos-i-25-procession-for-colorado-cadet-killed-in-chase-crash/article/1552737?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photos-i-25-procession-for-colorado-cadet-killed-in-chase-crash/article/1552737?custom_click=rss

BOULDER — Members of law enforcement from around the state honored a Colorado State Patrol cadet hit and killed by a driver allegedly fleeing a traffic stop.

The procession for 21-year-old Taylor Thyfault on Interstate 25 ran from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Friday. It went from Colorado Highway 66 in Longmont, where Thyfault was killed Saturday, to the church in Lafayette for his memorial service.

Police say Thyfault was at a separate accident investigation with Trooper Clinton Rushing when Rushing learned of the chase and deployed stop sticks to try to catch 27-year-old Christopher Gebers. Gebers swerved to miss the sticks and hit Rushing and then Thyfault.

Gebers says his accelerator was stuck.



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BOULDER — Members of law enforcement from around the state honored a Colorado State Patrol cadet hit and killed by a driver allegedly fleeing a traffic stop.

The procession for 21-year-old Taylor Thyfault on Interstate 25 ran from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Friday. It went from Colorado Highway 66 in Longmont, where Thyfault was killed Saturday, to the church in Lafayette for his memorial service.

Police say Thyfault was at a separate accident investigation with Trooper Clinton Rushing when Rushing learned of the chase and deployed stop sticks to try to catch 27-year-old Christopher Gebers. Gebers swerved to miss the sticks and hit Rushing and then Thyfault.

Gebers says his accelerator was stuck.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 09:58:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs-area woman accused of animal cruelty defends treatment of horses]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-woman-accused-of-animal-cruelty-defends-treatment-of-horses/article/1552714?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-woman-accused-of-animal-cruelty-defends-treatment-of-horses/article/1552714?custom_click=rss

A woman accused of multiple counts of animal cruelty after the remains of 14 horses were found in a barn where she kept the animals testified Thursday that she believed she gave adequate care to her horses.

Sherri Brunzell, 63, was cited after the animals were found in September on property near Burgess and Milam roads in Black Forest. In addition to the dead horses, 10 living horses, including two that El Paso County sheriff's investigators described at the time as "thin," were seized from the property.

Brunzell testified as part of a jury trial that began Tuesday in El Paso County Court before Judge Stephen Sletta.



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A woman accused of multiple counts of animal cruelty after the remains of 14 horses were found in a barn where she kept the animals testified Thursday that she believed she gave adequate care to her horses.

Sherri Brunzell, 63, was cited after the animals were found in September on property near Burgess and Milam roads in Black Forest. In addition to the dead horses, 10 living horses, including two that El Paso County sheriff's investigators described at the time as "thin," were seized from the property.

Brunzell testified as part of a jury trial that began Tuesday in El Paso County Court before Judge Stephen Sletta.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 04:10:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Jurors hear from Holmes on video that he regretted attack]]> http://gazette.com/jurors-hear-from-holmes-on-video-that-he-regretted-attack/article/1552688?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jurors-hear-from-holmes-on-video-that-he-regretted-attack/article/1552688?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL — Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial heard for the first time in the gunman's own words that he regretted the attack and sometimes cried about it at night.

James Holmes' comments came about two years after the shooting, in a videotaped interview with a state-appointed psychiatrist.

On Thursday, jurors watched the video and heard testimony from the doctor, William Reid, who said he believes Holmes knew the consequences when he opened fire at a Batman movie premiere in July 2012.

In the video, Reid asks Holmes if he got emotional when his parents visited him in jail for the first time. Holmes responds, "Nope," but concedes in short answers that he sometimes cries before he goes to bed



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CENTENNIAL — Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial heard for the first time in the gunman's own words that he regretted the attack and sometimes cried about it at night.

James Holmes' comments came about two years after the shooting, in a videotaped interview with a state-appointed psychiatrist.

On Thursday, jurors watched the video and heard testimony from the doctor, William Reid, who said he believes Holmes knew the consequences when he opened fire at a Batman movie premiere in July 2012.

In the video, Reid asks Holmes if he got emotional when his parents visited him in jail for the first time. Holmes responds, "Nope," but concedes in short answers that he sometimes cries before he goes to bed

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Thu, 28 May 2015 19:45:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Denver area police officer shot serving search warrant]]> http://gazette.com/denver-area-police-officer-shot-serving-search-warrant/article/1552685?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-area-police-officer-shot-serving-search-warrant/article/1552685?custom_click=rss A Northglenn police officer was shot and a suspect killed as gunfire erupted Thursday morning when authorities tried to serve a narcotics search warrant.

The officer was transported in stable condition to a nearby hospital, said Sara Farris, a spokeswoman for North Metro Fire Rescue.

Cmdr. Ron Haralson, a police spokesman, said the warrant was being served by SWAT officers. He declined to say if the officer wounded was a member of the SWAT team.

Haralson said the shooting happened at about 10 a.m. on the 10900 block of East 109th Place.

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A Northglenn police officer was shot and a suspect killed as gunfire erupted Thursday morning when authorities tried to serve a narcotics search warrant.

The officer was transported in stable condition to a nearby hospital, said Sara Farris, a spokeswoman for North Metro Fire Rescue.

Cmdr. Ron Haralson, a police spokesman, said the warrant was being served by SWAT officers. He declined to say if the officer wounded was a member of the SWAT team.

Haralson said the shooting happened at about 10 a.m. on the 10900 block of East 109th Place.

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Thu, 28 May 2015 11:37:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police: Woman assaulted officers]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-woman-assaulted-officers/article/1552674?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-woman-assaulted-officers/article/1552674?custom_click=rss A 25-year-old woman assaulted two police officers during a disturbance investigation Wednesday in east Colorado Springs, the police said.

Elisa Porpst, 25, was arrested on second-degree assault after she became "combative" with officers while she was escorted to a police car, the police said.

"During the struggle, she assaulted the officers," police said in a statement.

The incident happened at 1220 Potter Drive near Mitchell High School around 5:48 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

No injuries were reported.



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A 25-year-old woman assaulted two police officers during a disturbance investigation Wednesday in east Colorado Springs, the police said.

Elisa Porpst, 25, was arrested on second-degree assault after she became "combative" with officers while she was escorted to a police car, the police said.

"During the struggle, she assaulted the officers," police said in a statement.

The incident happened at 1220 Potter Drive near Mitchell High School around 5:48 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

No injuries were reported.

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Thu, 28 May 2015 09:00:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado police say 'Pink Thong Bandit' arrested]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-police-say-pink-thong-bandit-arrested/article/1552673?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-police-say-pink-thong-bandit-arrested/article/1552673?custom_click=rss

Denver police said Wednesday they have arrested a man they believe is the "Pink Thong Bandit" — known for his unmistakable undergarments — in connection with indecent exposure incidents that began in 2012.

Gary Miller Jr., 37, was arrested Tuesday in connection with an indecent exposure incident last June, the release said. Investigators say they are working to determine if he is linked to the other incidents.

"Starting in the summer of 2012, the Denver Police Department began receiving reports of a man in a thong exposing himself in the Sloan's Lake area," police said in a news release. "Denver police were able to identify Miller as the suspected Pink Thong Bandit, but were unable to locate him.



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Denver police said Wednesday they have arrested a man they believe is the "Pink Thong Bandit" — known for his unmistakable undergarments — in connection with indecent exposure incidents that began in 2012.

Gary Miller Jr., 37, was arrested Tuesday in connection with an indecent exposure incident last June, the release said. Investigators say they are working to determine if he is linked to the other incidents.

"Starting in the summer of 2012, the Denver Police Department began receiving reports of a man in a thong exposing himself in the Sloan's Lake area," police said in a news release. "Denver police were able to identify Miller as the suspected Pink Thong Bandit, but were unable to locate him.

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Thu, 28 May 2015 06:52:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Denver Human Services worker sentenced for misconduct]]> http://gazette.com/former-denver-human-services-worker-sentenced-for-misconduct/article/1552672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-denver-human-services-worker-sentenced-for-misconduct/article/1552672?custom_click=rss DENVER — A former Denver Human Services caseworker accused of falsifying reports in the case of a 2-month-old girl who was hospitalized with skull fractures and later died has pleaded guilty.

The Denver District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that 27-year-old Rotchana Madera pleaded guilty last week to forgery and official misconduct. She was given a two-year deferred sentence on the forgery count and two concurrent years of probation for the misconduct count.

Madera was accused of entering false information in the official case tracking system about her work on an assigned case last year.

Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Dennis Goodwin has said there was no record that Madera did a house visit or



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DENVER — A former Denver Human Services caseworker accused of falsifying reports in the case of a 2-month-old girl who was hospitalized with skull fractures and later died has pleaded guilty.

The Denver District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that 27-year-old Rotchana Madera pleaded guilty last week to forgery and official misconduct. She was given a two-year deferred sentence on the forgery count and two concurrent years of probation for the misconduct count.

Madera was accused of entering false information in the official case tracking system about her work on an assigned case last year.

Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Dennis Goodwin has said there was no record that Madera did a house visit or

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Thu, 28 May 2015 06:28:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Notebook offers view into theater shooter's mind]]> http://gazette.com/notebook-offers-view-into-theater-shooters-mind/article/1552617?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/notebook-offers-view-into-theater-shooters-mind/article/1552617?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL — Colorado theater shooting gunman James Holmes' notebook provides the most comprehensive look yet into what he described as his "broken" mind.

Just before the 2012 shootings, Holmes mailed the notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist who treated him. It was made public Thursday, a day after it was introduced as evidence in his trial.

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GOOD AND EVIL

The notebook opens with drawings of stick figures, one standing, the rest presumably dead, and a series of equations that appear to try to evaluate whether a "murderer" gains value by killing people.

"Can a person have both no value AND be ultimately good AND/OR ultimately evil?" Holmes writes. "Unknown.



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CENTENNIAL — Colorado theater shooting gunman James Holmes' notebook provides the most comprehensive look yet into what he described as his "broken" mind.

Just before the 2012 shootings, Holmes mailed the notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist who treated him. It was made public Thursday, a day after it was introduced as evidence in his trial.

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GOOD AND EVIL

The notebook opens with drawings of stick figures, one standing, the rest presumably dead, and a series of equations that appear to try to evaluate whether a "murderer" gains value by killing people.

"Can a person have both no value AND be ultimately good AND/OR ultimately evil?" Holmes writes. "Unknown.

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Thu, 28 May 2015 06:27:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Judge: Colorado student accused of stabbing classmate poses risk]]> http://gazette.com/judge-colorado-student-accused-of-stabbing-classmate-poses-risk/article/1552671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-colorado-student-accused-of-stabbing-classmate-poses-risk/article/1552671?custom_click=rss BROOMFIELD — A judge says a 14-year-old boy accused of stabbing a classmate at a suburban Denver school poses a risk to the community and should be held in a juvenile detention center while he awaits trial.

The Broomfield Enterprise reports (http://goo.gl/3QQdNy ) Judge Francis Wasserman handed down his ruling Wednesday, saying the boy has a history of fighting at school and might have created a "kill list."

The boy is being held on charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and possession of a weapon on school grounds.

Investigators say the 14-year-old girl was stabbed in the back near a playground at Aspen Creek K-8 school in Broomfield on April 30 and was airlifted to a hospital.



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BROOMFIELD — A judge says a 14-year-old boy accused of stabbing a classmate at a suburban Denver school poses a risk to the community and should be held in a juvenile detention center while he awaits trial.

The Broomfield Enterprise reports (http://goo.gl/3QQdNy ) Judge Francis Wasserman handed down his ruling Wednesday, saying the boy has a history of fighting at school and might have created a "kill list."

The boy is being held on charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and possession of a weapon on school grounds.

Investigators say the 14-year-old girl was stabbed in the back near a playground at Aspen Creek K-8 school in Broomfield on April 30 and was airlifted to a hospital.

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Thu, 28 May 2015 06:16:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs police: Man who overdosed set fire to his home]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-man-who-overdosed-set-fire-to-his-home/article/1552625?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-man-who-overdosed-set-fire-to-his-home/article/1552625?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs man who was pulled out of a burning townhouse and died from a drug overdose set the fire, police said Wednesday.

Investigators ruled that Jasen Martinez, 40, caused the blaze at a Georgetown Square townhouse April 11 before he was carried out by several firefighters, said Lt. Catherine Buckley, a Colorado Springs police spokeswoman.

Buckley said investigators are waiting for one more report before the case is closed and more information is released.

Martinez was intoxicated with amphetamine and cocaine at the time of the fire. The El Paso County Coroner's Office said in an autopsy report released last week that the drug overdose was accidental.

In the autopsy report, Martinez was listed as

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Investigators ruled that Jasen Martinez, 40, caused the blaze at a Georgetown Square townhouse April 11 before he was carried out by several firefighters, said Lt. Catherine Buckley, a Colorado Springs police spokeswoman.

Buckley said investigators are waiting for one more report before the case is closed and more information is released.

Martinez was intoxicated with amphetamine and cocaine at the time of the fire. The El Paso County Coroner's Office said in an autopsy report released last week that the drug overdose was accidental.

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An 11-year-old El Paso County boy who allegedly stabbed his mother on May 1 has been booked into Spring Creek Juvenile Detention Facility on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder.

The boy's name has not been released because he is a juvenile, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office told The Gazette on Thursday.

On May 1, the boy allegedly stabbed his 41-year-old mother multiple times in their townhome on Burning Bush Point near Monument. He either fell or jumped from a third-story window after the incident, said Jackie Kirby, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

Both mother and son spent multiple days in hospitals in Colorado Springs and Denver. The boy was released from a hospital on Wednesday. Kirby said she was not sure



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An 11-year-old El Paso County boy who allegedly stabbed his mother on May 1 has been booked into Spring Creek Juvenile Detention Facility on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder.

The boy's name has not been released because he is a juvenile, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office told The Gazette on Thursday.

On May 1, the boy allegedly stabbed his 41-year-old mother multiple times in their townhome on Burning Bush Point near Monument. He either fell or jumped from a third-story window after the incident, said Jackie Kirby, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

Both mother and son spent multiple days in hospitals in Colorado Springs and Denver. The boy was released from a hospital on Wednesday. Kirby said she was not sure

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Wed, 27 May 2015 22:38:38 -0600
<![CDATA[11-year-old stabbing suspect appears in court in a wheelchair]]> http://gazette.com/11-year-old-stabbing-suspect-appears-in-court-in-a-wheelchair/article/1551927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/11-year-old-stabbing-suspect-appears-in-court-in-a-wheelchair/article/1551927?custom_click=rss A boy accused of stabbing his mother in their Monument-area home two weeks ago appeared in court Friday in a wheelchair with a cast on his left arm.

The 11-year-old was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder. The incident is under investigation, but the El Paso County Sheriff's Office says the boy stabbed his mother multiple times on May 1, and then either fell or jumped from a third-story window.

Charges are expected to be filed June 8, but a hearing regarding the boy's detention at Spring Creek Juvenile Detention Center may be held sooner. Friday's hearing was continued because the attorneys said they did not have enough information to proceed.



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A boy accused of stabbing his mother in their Monument-area home two weeks ago appeared in court Friday in a wheelchair with a cast on his left arm.

The 11-year-old was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder. The incident is under investigation, but the El Paso County Sheriff's Office says the boy stabbed his mother multiple times on May 1, and then either fell or jumped from a third-story window.

Charges are expected to be filed June 8, but a hearing regarding the boy's detention at Spring Creek Juvenile Detention Center may be held sooner. Friday's hearing was continued because the attorneys said they did not have enough information to proceed.

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Wed, 27 May 2015 22:37:58 -0600