Judge OKs delays
Two high-profile court cases received continuances Thursday morning at the Garfield County Courthouse.The first case concerns former Aspen Valley Land Trust bookkeeper Carman Andrews, 34, of Missouri Heights. She is accused of embezzling about $105,000 from the nonprofit organization. She is charged with three counts of felony theft and could face up to 24 years in prison. Andrews appeared before 9th Judicial Judge Peter Craven shortly after 8:15 a.m. on Thursday wearing a tweed jacket and dark slacks. She did not speak during the proceedings.Andrews’ attorney, Dan Shipp, asked Craven for an extension of time to properly prepare a possible plea agreement, citing a recent psychiatric evaluation of Andrews that was released earlier this week. He requested more time to go over that material before presenting Andrews’ case. Craven granted the request, and set a court date at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 7. The second case involves Micah Marie Schmid-Young and her husband, Harley Quint Young. Harley Young, 22, is accused of killing the couple’s 4-month-old daughter on Feb. 17, 2002. If he is convicted of child abuse causing the death of a child under 12, he could face life in prison or the death penalty. His wife, Schmid-Young, 23, is charged with child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, knowingly or recklessly, and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, negligently. She faces 6 to 24 years in prison, or up to 48 years if aggravating circumstances are found.The couple was found and arrested near Tucumcari, N.M., on March 29, after a two-year investigation by Garfield County district attorney Mac Myers and chief deputy D.A. Gretchen Larson. Schmid-Young appeared in court Thursday morning. Glenwood Springs attorney Jonathan Shamis is Schmid-Young’s court-appointed attorney, and requested a continuance because he said he needed time to study the conditions the district attorneys office has put on the case.Harley Young did not appear in court on Thursday. His appearance was waived since he was scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Thursday in Jefferson County court on another pending case against him. That case involves an incident that occurred after the Feb. 17, 2002, death of the couple’s daughter in Glenwood Springs. Craven granted a continuance for both of their cases until 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 21. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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