Trial delayed for man accused of shooting bulls |

Trial delayed for man accused of shooting bulls

— A trial has been postponed for the fifth-generation Routt County rancher accused of shooting two bulls in the testicles, killing one of them.

The defendant has been charged with five felonies. The charges are criminal mischief, theft of agricultural animals, attempted theft of agricultural animals and two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

The four-day trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday, but the district attorney’s office and defense attorney asked that it be delayed. Judge Shelley Hill wrote in her order that she “reluctantly” granted the request.

According to the request from the district attorney’s office, additional time will help them possibly reach a plea deal. A plea deal could also be reached as a result of another pending criminal case the defendant has in Summit County, in which he faces three felonies and two misdemeanors related to a domestic issue.

The Routt County case is related to a June incident.

According to a search warrant, a longtime South Routt County rancher learned from the defendant’s wife that two of his breeding bulls had been shot. The wife claimed that her husband shot the bulls because he was angry the bulls were on their property.

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

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