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Jury to deliberate in trial of Georgie Hand

Patrick Kelly

Brett Barkey, attorney for the 14th Judicial District, shows the jury a firearm allegedly used by Georgie Hand and James Brent Damon on March 9, 2015, when they took two law enforcement officers hostage.

The jury is out in the trial of Georgie Hand.

Proceedings wrapped up on Wednesday around 6:30 p.m. and the only step left in the criminal trial is for the jury to deliberate and return a verdict.

Before closing arguments, the state cross-examined Hand, who took the stand once again Wednesday to be questioned about the abuse she claimed to experience in her relationship with James Brent Damon.

Hand, 44, and Damon allegedly held Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Nathan Martinez and Moffat County Sheriff's Office Deputy Bhrent Shock at gunpoint near Dinosaur National Monument in Moffat County on March 9, 2015.

Defense counsel has argued that Hand had no say in the matter and acted under duress after being subjected to 11 years of domestic violence in her relationship with Damon.

District Attorney Brett Barkey questioned Hand's credibility as a witness, specifically inquiring into her claims of physical, mental and sexual abuse.

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On Tuesday, Hand told the court that on two occasions Damon let his Aryan Brotherhood gang members rape her while he filmed — once on her birthday, only two months prior to the event for which she is being tried.

Barkey asked if she had ever reported the gang rapes to police and why she did not mention it to investigators in initial interviews.

"So the first time anyone really heard of it, maybe beside your defense team, was your testimony yesterday, right?" Barkey questioned.

Hand answered that he was correct.

In closing arguments, the state continued to probe the credibility of the defense's witnesses and said the evidence contradicted all three prongs of the defense's claim of duress.

"Wanted dead or alive," Barkey said, bookending the trial with the same words he used at the beginning of his opening statements last week.

Behind Barkey was an image of Damon and Hand displayed on a TV screen, bordered with the words he had just uttered.

The defense asked the jury to consider Hand as a victim of Damon's violence, just like Martinez and Shock.

"No one says no to James Damon," said public defender Molly Hamshire, closing with a reiteration of statements made during opening arguments as well.

The jury will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Moffat County Courthouse.

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