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Jury picked, Georgie Hand trial begins at Moffat County Courthouse

Patrick Kelly
Georgie Hand sits in court March 30. She faces multiple charges in relation to an officer hostage situation last March.
Patrick Kelly

Attorneys on both sides gave powerful opening statements on the first day of Georgie Hand’s trial.

Hand, 44, faces 17 charges, including two charges of attempted first-degree murder and four charges of second-degree kidnapping. She has pled not guilty on all charges.

The charges were filed after Hand and and her boyfriend, James Brent Damon allegedly disarmed a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer and Moffat County Sheriff’s deputy and held them at gunpoint on March 9, 2015.

Damon was shot in the head and killed after a struggle with CPW Officer Nathan Martinez and Deputy Bhrent Shock. Hand was taken into custody immediately afterward.

After two-and-a-half days of jury selection, attorneys presented opening statements Wednesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m before continuing with evidence.

“‘Wanted dead or alive,’” said District Attorney Brett Barkey, Colorado 14th Judicial District, motioning to a photo of Hand and Damon, bordered with the same words.

The defense also referred to the deceased boyfriend to begin statements. Public defender Rico Tagliaferri painted an explicit picture of the physical and verbal abuse that Hand was subjected to by Damon.

“No one says no to James Damon,” Tagliaferri said.

The first witness called by the prosecution was Shock, who is no longer an active member of law enforcement.

Shock was asked to recall what happened in the events leading up to, during, and after the hostage situation and expressed several times that he felt certain Damon was going to end his life.

“He’s absolutely going to kill us,” said Shock while on the stand. “There’s no doubt in my mind.”

Shock’s family was present in the courtroom on Wednesday for support but declined to comment on the proceedings.

Court recessed at 5 p.m. and Shock will resume his testimony at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. After being interviewed by the prosecution, Shock will be cross-examined by Hand’s attorneys.

CPW officers have been showing support for their fellow officer throughout the proceedings and were present again on Wednesday to support witnesses and view the court proceedings.

“We’re here to support the witnesses, today, specifically Deputy Bhrent Shock, and to support due process of law,” said Heather Dugan, CPW assistant director for law enforcement and public safety.

Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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