Updated: March 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm
LA JUNTA — A murder suspect accused in the death of a Fowler funeral director was supposed to celebrate the victim’s birthday with him the day he was found dead.
Anthony Wright, 42, of Cañon City, was in Otero County Court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. District Judge Mark Macdonnell ruled that there was substantial evidence to take the case to trial. An arraignment was set for April 7.
Wright, a former Florence funeral home director, is being investigated for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in connection with the Oct. 12, 2012, shooting of Byron Griffy, 77, who was found with a gunshot wound to the back of his head at the farmhouse he owned on County Road 4.5 near U.S. 50.
New details emerged in the case Wednesday that involved alleged stolen money, alleged inconsistent statements from suspects, the hiring of a hit man and lack of physical evidence at the crime scene.