Crime Briefs: Ogden murder trial delayed till January |

Crime Briefs: Ogden murder trial delayed till January

Ryan Summerlin

The trail of the Parachute man charged with killing his newborn daughter last year has been postponed until Jan. 30.

The 10-day trial was scheduled to begin Monday, but the district judge granted a defense motion to delay the trial.

Ogden’s month-old daughter, Sarah, died in June 2015 from a fractured skull, hemorrhaging to her brain and lacerations to her liver. Ogden’s wife, Phyllis Wyatt, told investigators she awoke in the night to see Ogden violently shaking Sarah. He next took the newborn into the next room, where she heard continued screaming and pounding noises.

In December, Wyatt pleaded guilty to negligent child abuse resulting in death and is serving an eight-year prison sentence.

Ogden faces charges of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.


Parachute police were called the evening of Sept. 15 to the 200 block of Colorado Avenue, where a 46-year-old man had reportedly pointed a gun at his neighbor during a dispute.

From inside his residence, through an open window, the suspect reportedly said something like, “you’re just a punk and I should shoot you,” and pointed a gun at his neighbor.

Questioned by police in his living room, he said there weren’t any guns in the room, though he appeared to be trying to hide something in the couch, according to an affidavit. Police searched the area and found two handguns on the floor.

The 46-year-old denied pointed a gun at his neighbor but said he drank a lot that night.

He was arrested on charges of menacing, a class 5 felony, and misdemeanor violation of bail bond conditions.

Glenwood man arrested in car theft

Carbondale police arrested a 30-year-old Glenwood Springs man in a car theft following reports that people were seen taking temporary plates off a vehicle in the City Market parking lot.

Two women and a man were removing the temporary plates from a vehicle and putting them on a gray Ford Taurus.

An officer spotted and followed the Taurus. At one point, after turning a corner, the officer saw the vehicle rolling down Clearwater with its doors open and no license plates. The officer stopped a 30-year-old man walking nearby.

The officer found two syringes on the man, who said another man had been driving the vehicle and two women were with them.

Officers found a handgun in the floorboard, along with a scale, plastic bags and syringes. One bag had residue in it. They also found more syringes in a purse on the floor board.

The arrested man said the syringes contained methamphetamine.

He was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a level 4 drug felony; first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, a class 5 felony; and conspiracy, a class 6 felony.

Family friend arrested on burglary

Parachute police were dispatched the morning of Sept. 16 to a burglary on the 500 block of West First Street.

A 73-year-old woman had awakened to find things out of place in her home. A bottle of Canadian whiskey, a box of wine, four necklaces, a set of keys and a small amount of cash were missing.

She told police that she suspected that an 18-year-old man who was a close friend of her son had broken in and stolen these items. The son said the 18-year-old had been over at the house that night.

She said this 18-year-old knew there was an alarm system on all the doors, but not the windows.

In the yard, the officers found a hat with the word “cannabis” on it, which she said belonged to the friend, and the son said he’d seen him wearing that night.

While police were investigating, the young suspect was texting with the woman’s son. He said he was at the Parachute Inn.

An officer found only a small amount of cash under one of the beds, and the young man denied having stolen anything from the house.

He was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary, a class 5 felony, and misdemeanor theft.

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