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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A preliminary hearing is being requested to determine if there is enough evidence to take the case of a local interior designer accused of defrauding several business clients to trial.

Shawnee Kim Ryan, 53, is due back in Garfield County District Court in Glenwood Springs Thursday on a motion by the public defender to set a preliminary hearing date.

Ryan was arrested last May and charged with defrauding more than three dozen clients out of thousands of dollars, following a year-long investigation by area law enforcement agencies.



According to court documents, Ryan allegedly engaged in deceptive business practices under several different business names, and failed to live up to commitments for services and materials. Ryan has been free on $38,000 bond since additional charges were added in September.

The public defender is also asking the judge Thursday to consider a preliminary hearing in the case of Toby Aaron Gallegos, who is facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly stabbed a man outside of a Glenwood bar in September.



Gallegos, 27, is charged with attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing Doug Diaz, 28, outside of the Loyal Brothers Lounge in the early morning hours of Sept. 26. He was released after his arrest on $15,000 bond.

A local youth hockey coach accused of sexually assaulting one of his players has applied for representation by the public defender’s office, and is due back in court on Jan. 6.

At a hearing in Garfield County District Court Dec. 8, a protection order was also put into effect stipulating that Brian Andrew King, 23, of Rifle, not have contact with children under age 18, according to court documents.

King was arrested Nov. 17 after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy while spending the night at the boy’s Glenwood Springs home. King was released on $5,000 bond following his arrest.

A disagreement about a piece of evidence in the case against Arizona prison escapee Daniel Kelley Renwick caused a 9th Judicial District judge to continue the case until February.

Renwick, 36, appeared in a Garfield County courtroom Tuesday. Public Defender Tina Fang requested that the judge deny a motion by the prosecution to release the Rifle Police cruiser that disabled Renwick’s vehicle, by ramming into it, the night of his arrest.

The prosecution has already investigated and tested the vehicle, but Fang said that the defense has not had adequate time to have their expert do the same investigation. Fang argued that that is a violation of Renwick’s rights.

“He has a right to a thorough investigation of his case without the watchful eye of the government,” Fang told the judge.

District Court Judge Gail Nichols granted the defense’s plea to allow their investigator to test the police cruiser before the next court hearing in February.

Fang called the vehicle a key piece of evidence in the case but also told the judge that a plea deal is also a possibility.

Renwick was arrested by Rifle police officers in August, a few days after escaping from a private, medium-security prison near Kingman, Ariz., in July.

RIFLE, Colorado – Phillip Michael Amonette, who is accused of shooting at Rifle police officers, has been moved from a Grand Junction hospital to the Garfield County Jail.

Amonette appeared in a hospital gown and a neck brace as he sat in a wheel chair during a brief appearance in a Garfield County courtroom Tuesday afternoon, where he was advised of the charges against him in the case where he is accused of shooting at officers who responded to a domestic violence call the night of Oct. 22.

Amonette faces felony charges of first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, among other charges. He is due back in court for a formal filing of charges in January.

Amonette remains in custody on a $1 million bond.


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