DA: Death of Parachute gas worker a homicide | PostIndependent.com

DA: Death of Parachute gas worker a homicide

PARACHUTE – A gas company worker’s brutal assault is now being investigated as a brutal murder. After about 14 months in the hospital, former Nabors Drilling USA employee Paul R. Graves died April 15 at the Glen Ayr Health Center in Lakewood of injuries sustained in an alleged assault in Parachute on Feb. 23, 2005. He was 46. “There was an autopsy, and the autopsy indicated that this person died as a result of a homicide,” said 9th Judicial District Attorney Martin Beeson. Neither Beeson nor Parachute Police Chief Cary Parmenter would release the original police report because Beeson said the case is under investigation. “At this point, I’m hesitant to speak about the investigation at all,” Beeson said.Beeson declined to discuss where or how Graves was assaulted, except that it occurred within Parachute town limits. Beeson would not comment about whether investigators have identified any suspects in the case. “We have a lot of people to talk to,” he said. Though Graves died on the Front Range, Beeson’s office asked Mesa County Coroner Dr. Robert Kurtzman to perform the autopsy. His report may not be available until late June.Kurtzman said Thursday he could not comment on the record. According to Graves’ obituary, published last month in the Montrose Daily Press, Graves died “unexpectedly” after spending more than a year in the hospital. A former Montrose resident, Graves lived in Salt Lake City before moving to Fruita. Graves’ mother, Karen Brooks of Montrose, said Thursday she’s “not up to speaking about” her son’s death, and she doesn’t know many facts about it. “I don’t really want to know anything,” Brooks said. “I don’t think I can take any more pain than I’m already in.”Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. 520bmagill@postindependent.com

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