Judge denies bond reduction in Glenwood sexual assault case
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A Glenwood Springs man remains in custody after a judge denied reducing the bond amount in a sexual assault case Thursday.
Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Petre denied a bond reduction for Matthew Donald Weaver, 24, saying that Weaver is a flight risk.
Weaver remains in Garfield County Jail on $150,000 bond. He is accused of forcing a Denver woman into an alley, near the intersection of Grand Avenue and 10th Street in Glenwood Springs, and forcing her to have sex with him in June of 2008.
Defense attorney Mark Rubinstein requested a bond reduction so that his client could seek employment. Rubinstein said also that investigators were seeking a possible alternative suspect in this case.
However, according to prosecutor Matt Barrett, Weaver has a prior felony drug conviction in Michigan, and fled to Colorado while on probation after that conviction. Barrett argued not to reduce the bond because of the serious nature of the allegations and Weaver’s prior felony conviction.
The victim told authorities that she was approached from behind as she walked south on Grand Avenue at approximately 2:30 a.m. on June 21, 2008. She reported that she felt a hand on her upper back, just below her neck. The victim told investigators that she was then forced into an alley, pushed up against a wall, and forced to have sex.
The victim also told authorities that she felt like she should try to fight off the offender, but that “she just froze,” the affidavit stated.
The affidavit indicated that the victim and Weaver were “acquaintances” and that the two had spoken to one another just minutes before the alleged incident occurred.
Weaver was arrested on Jan. 9, 18 months after the alleged incident occurred, after the Colorado Bureau of Investigation returned biological evidence that identified Weaver as a potential suspect. Prosecutors charged Weaver with felony counts of sexual assault and kidnapping.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, CBI received a positive match through the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), from biological evidence found on the victim’s pants.
Weaver was required to submit to DNA testing in Michigan as part of his sentence in the felony drug case, according to the affidavit.
Barrett said that Weaver faces life in prison if found guilty.
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