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Judge grants continuance in Alameno child porn case

John Gardner
jgardner@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Denise Lynch reluctantly approved two motions in the Frank Alameno child pornography case Tuesday morning, postponing the April trial to an undetermined date.

Defense council Lawson Wills motioned that he be removed from representing Alameno, who has already retained a new defense attorney, citing a “conflict of interest” that has recently arisen between him and Alameno.

Wills stated that Alameno has a 6th Amendment Constitutional right to conflict-free council.



District Attorney Martin Beeson found it hard to believe that after more than two years working on this case, that Wills and Alameno did not know about the conflict before now. Beeson also said that he thought it was an attempt to postpone the trial which was set to begin in April.

“In this late juncture I ask the court to deny the continuance and to move forward with the trial,” Beeson said.



Lynch’s decision to grant the motion for a change in council came after a brief meeting with the defense in closed chambers where the specifics of the conflict were revealed.

Lynch granted the second motion for a continuance to move the trial date so Alameno’s new attorney could get up to speed on the case. A status conference was set for April 27 at which time the trial date will also be set.

Alameno was arrested Sept. 13, 2006, in Rifle on child pornography and drug charges. He was arrested again after a March 2007 court hearing where he was accused of six felonies claiming he had inappropriate contact with girls aged 10 and 13 while riding ATVs at his property in the summer of 2006.

Alameno is charged with 43 felonies including possession of child pornography, sexual assault on a child and drug possession charges. Both cases will be tried together.


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