Jury seated for attempted murder trial in Steamboat Springs | SteamboatToday.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Jury seated for attempted murder trial in Steamboat Springs

Steven Torres
061012_Torres_Steven

— After a full day of questioning Thursday, Judge Shelley Hill was able to scrape together a 12-member jury.

“We came so close to not getting this done,” Hill said near the end of the day’s proceedings at the Routt County Justice Center.

Along with two alternates, the nine men and five women are expected to hear opening statements Friday morning in an attempted-murder trial.

Steven Torres has been charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of illegal discharge of a firearm and three crime of violence charges that are known as sentence enhancers related to the use of a firearm.

After being escorted out of a bar in downtown Steamboat Springs on June 9, prosecutors think Torres fired a gun into the bar toward three employees.

There were 150 people summoned for jury duty, and that almost proved to not be enough.

Hill immediately dismissed two law enforcement officers.

District Attorney Brett Barkey and Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann then began asking a panel of 24 people questions to determine whether they could put any personal feelings aside and listen to Hill’s instructions as jurors.

Those with conflicts were taken off the panel, and their positions were filled with another potential juror called from the gallery.

Some potential jurors were excused because of vacation or work conflicts, including Sue Birch, who explained she is a Gov. John Hickenlooper Cabinet member in charge of health care and is busy while the Affordable Care Act is being phased in.

One man was excused because he was at the bar when the incident occurred.

Some members of the jury pool joked that Travis Wilkinson had one of the best reasons for needing to be excused. In addition to being a Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighter, Wilkinson works for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. He said he needed to conduct drug tests of Colorado athletes so they could compete in the Olympics.

Child care was another issue that complicated the selection process.

A mother on the initial panel said she would not be able to arrange child care. To complicate things, the mother’s child care provider also was a potential juror. The woman said she provided child care for 10 families. Both women were excused.

The seated jury includes a city worker, a chef at a downtown restaurant and a videographer. The jury will be sworn in when the trial resumes at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


News

Local municipalities applying for solar energy grant

|

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – In an effort to be more environmentally conscious, the city of Steamboat Springs has teamed up with several other local municipalities to transition two city facilities to using solar energy.



See more