Jury selection continues in trial for 2004 attempted murder in Glenwood Springs
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A jury will likely be selected today in Samuel Lincoln’s attempted murder trial.
Jurors will have to decide whether Lincoln, 26, of Palisade, tried to stab a man to death with a bayonet in West Glenwood Springs during a November 2004 robbery.
James Bradford, clerk of the Combined Courts for Garfield County, said 700 jurors were called to appear Monday for both Lincoln’s trial and one other trial that was canceled. Jurors summoned for both trials were considered for Lincoln’s trial because many jurors got excused beforehand. Jury selection began with a three-page questionnaire.
Lincoln was charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary, theft, criminal mischief, menacing, first-degree criminal trespass and false imprisonment. It’s alleged that Lincoln robbed the home to get money to buy methamphetamine.
Court records show a public defender tried in May 2007 to get Lincoln’s trial moved to another location, arguing Lincoln couldn’t get a fair trial here because news articles published evidence that would be inadmissible in court. The public defender withdrew in July 2007 because of a conflict of interest, and attorney Kathy Goudy was appointed to defend Lincoln at the state’s expense.
Lawrence Doty, also accused of second-degree attempted murder for the same incident, was found not guilty in January 2007 of five charges against him. His attorney wrote in a response to a subpoena for Lincoln’s trial: “Mr. Doty intends to exercise the right to remain silent.”
Lincoln is already likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars after a judge sentenced him in January to 222 years in prison for shooting at Mesa County deputies in December 2005 and trying to shoot someone to death in the desert near Grand Junction a month earlier.
Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitch has said her office is prosecuting the case because Lincoln could appeal his other cases and the victims of the West Glenwood robbery have equal rights to have this case prosecuted.
The trial is scheduled to last through Friday.
Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121
Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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