DA won’t seek death penalty for man charged with Dotsero murder | PostIndependent.com

DA won’t seek death penalty for man charged with Dotsero murder

EAGLE County – The man accused of killing Maria Madrid will not face the death penalty, said Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert.Charles Anthony Gross, 55, was arrested last Oct. 10 and charged with the murder of Maria Madrid, of Gypsum. He is accused of shooting the 38-year-old women as she left a campsite on Coffee Pot Road north of Dotsero. Madrid’s husband, Eliseo and their 14-year-old son, Joel Madrid, and son said Gross accused them of not cleaning up their campsite after they picnicked there Oct. 7. They said Gross opened fire on their pickup truck as they were driving away from the campsite.Gross was formally charged on Halloween with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and second-degree assault.Hurlbert met with Madrid’s family Thursday to discuss whether he should seek the death penalty.”It’s not something to go into lightly,” Hurlbert said. After explaining it would be very hard to get a jury to impose the death penalty, Madrid’s family and Hurlbert decided to seek a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Gross’s preliminary hearing is set for Monday at the Eagle County Combined Courts in Eagle.

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