2nd trial set in ranch embezzlement case; I-70 standoff suspect continued
Second trial scheduled in Farris cases
A September trial date has been set for Dustin Farris, son of the couple accused of embezzling from Bear Wallow Ranch near New Castle.
Ninth District Court Judge Denise Lynch agreed to set the trial for September, which is after the May trial for parents Zane and Charla Farris, who face a host of charges for allegedly embezzling more than $1 million from the ranch where they were caretakers.
An attorney for Dustin Farris told the judge Thursday that the Farris parents’ trial may make a difference and perhaps settle the charges against Dustin, so the September trial is justified.
Lynch joined the parents’ cases together in November, but kept charges against Dustin and his brother, Tyler Farris, separate.
Dustin Farris is charged with theft of less than $20,000 for his role in the alleged embezzlement scheme. An investigation alleged that he was the beneficiary of around $6,900 worth of Bear Wallow checks paid to him, used to pay for goods belonging to him.
I-70 Standoff attempted murder defendant
Justin Madrid, accused of attempted murder, second-degree assault, and tampering with evidence for his involvement in an incident that shut down Interstate 70 in December, appeared in court Thursday where his case was continued to May.
Madrid’s defense attorney asked for the extra time before the court date to conduct an in-depth investigation of mitigating factors. Many of the documents required for the research involved obtaining records from outside Colorado, the attorney said.
Madrid allegedly held a knife to a man who was driving him and Madrid’s companion to where their truck had gone off the road. The alleged victim and a friend fought Madrid off, and Madrid later fled into the hills near the Rulison exit on I-70, according to an arrest affidavit.
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies marshaled the Garfield County All Hazards Response Team and shut down the interstate in both directions for several hours until Madrid was apprehended without incident.
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