Ogden pleads not guilty in daughter’s slaying

Matthew Ogden

Matthew Ogden, the Parachute man facing a murder charge in the 2015 death of his month-old daughter, pleaded not guilty Monday.

Ogden was arrested following an incident in June, when his wife said she awoke in the night to see him violently shaking their daughter. She told police that he then took their daughter, Sarah Ogden, into the next room, where she heard pounding and thumping noises while he continued yelling.

Causes of death were later found to be a fractured skull, hemorrhaging to Sarah’s brain and a lacerated liver.

Ogden and his wife, Phyllis “Amy” Wyatt, skipped town before warrants were issued for their arrest. But officers in Minnesota arrested them 10 days after Sarah’s death.

Wyatt pleaded guilty in December to child abuse resulting in death, and she was sentenced to eight years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

More recently, Ogden’s defense attorney, Montrose Public Defender Kori Keil, sought to have the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office thrown off the case after Ogden’s former attorney in a closely related dependency and neglect case went back to work for the DA.

Judge John Neiley rejected that motion, provided that the prosecution continues to wall off Ogden’s former attorney from the case.

A jury trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 26, and hearings on pretrial motions are scheduled to begin June 21.

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