Georgie Hand pleas not guilty, will see jury trial
The Mississippi woman accused of holding two law enforcement officers at gun point in Moffat County has entered a plea of not guilty and will seek a jury trial.
Georgie Hand, 43, was arrested after she and James Brent Damon allegedly held Moffat County Sheriff’s Deputy Bhrent Shock and Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Manager Nathan Martinez hostage off of U.S. Highway 40 near the Colorado-Utah border in March.
After a preliminary hearing on Oct. 21, district court Judge Shelley Hill found that there was sufficient evidence to try Hand on all 17 counts brought against her — including two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
“She was a full participant in the events spanning a lengthy period,” Hill wrote in her order. “She also knew that she faced a return to jail when the officers discovered the existence of arrest warrants.”
Craig Police Department investigator Travis Young and 14th Judicial District investigator Doug Winters offered their testimony at the hearing and 14 Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers from around the state sat in to show solidarity for their fellow officer.
“Colorado Parks and Wildlife is continuing to monitor this cases and is confident that the 14th Judicial District will provide due process,” said CPW public information officer Matt Robins in a statement. “CPW is appreciative of all the support from local and state law enforcement throughout these proceedings.”
According to Hand’s arrest affidavit, Damon and Hand disarmed the two officers and held them at gunpoint for a short period. Damon appeared to be preparing to execute the officers when Martinez initiated a struggle to retrieve his gun.
Martinez was able to get his gun and fired a fatal shot to the back of Damon’s head.
After the struggle, the two officers disarmed Hand and arrested her.
At the time of the incident, Hand had warrants in Missouri, Utah and Colorado as well as a bad check felony conviction in Mississippi from 2013.
District Attorney Brett Barkey is prosecuting Hand on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of second-degree kidnapping, four counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of disarming a peace officer, two counts of felony menacing, one count of second-degree trespass-agricultural land and one count of possession of weapon by a previous offender.
The trial will begin with jury selection at 8:30 a.m. on March 28 at Moffat County Courthouse.
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