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Another sanity test for double murder defendant?

Randy Wyrick
Vail Daily News
Williams Amaya
Staff Photo |

EAGLE — Accused double murderer Williams Amaya may not be as sane as prosecutors would like him to be.

While neither prosecutors nor defense attorneys would disclose the results of Amaya’s psychiatric evaluation at the state prison in Pueblo, attorneys for both sides made two things clear during a hearing Wednesday.

Deputy District Attorney Joe Kirwan said prosecutors would ask for a second psychiatric evaluation by court-appointed doctors.

Defense attorney Thea Reiff said they would object to that.

District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman ordered that motions about Amaya’s psychiatric evaluation must be filed by Dec. 4. Reponses are due Dec. 7, and they’ll be back in his court at 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

For now, Amaya’s trial is scheduled for April 11-29 before Dunkelman.

How the findings of Amaya’s sanity evaluations would affect a trial remains to be determined, attorneys for both sides said.

Amaya is accused of murdering his aunt and uncle in July 2014, then trying to hunt down and murder their two sons. He was living with the family in El Jebel.

Amaya reportedly traveled to a Grand Junction sporting goods store the day of the killings and purchased the .380 caliber handgun used in the shootings.

In a dispute that reportedly started with an argument over the family dog, Amaya allegedly shot Mayra Lorena Lopez, 40, and her husband, Eliseo Lopez, 42.

Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said they died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The Lopez’ two sons escaped, and one call 911 at 11:17 p.m. that Saturday.

Police tracked Amaya’s cell phone, and surrounded him at his employer’s business, Colorado Pool and Spa Scapes. He was arrested at 5:40 a.m. Sunday. Police recovered the handgun allegedly used in the killings.

He is being held without bond because he is considered a flight risk. Four heavily armed and uniformed Eagle County Sheriff’s officers were in the courtroom Wednesday afternoon during Amaya’s hearing.

Amaya sat stone still at the defendant’s table with his attorneys, a 2-foot length of chrome-plated chain between his ankles and his orange shoes, matching his orange jail clothes. He listened to the proceedings translated through a headset.

Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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