Attempted murder case scheduled for trial
Daniel Hernandez Pineda will stand trial in August on a charge of first-degree attempted murder if the defense can’t reach an agreement with prosecutors, Judge James Boyd decided Wednesday.
Hernandez Pineda, 39, of Glenwood, was arrested in February 2014 on allegations that he attacked his ex’s new boyfriend with a tire iron in a parking lot in downtown Glenwood Springs. The attack caused a brain hemorrhage that doctors said would likely have killed the man had it been left untreated, according to court documents.
Hernandez Pineda’s private attorney withdrew from the case shortly before the first trial date in November, prompting the public defender’s office to take over the case. Since then, Hernandez Pineda has appeared in court on five occasions as the parties discussed a potential plea deal.
Although the most recent round of negotiations appear to have fallen through, deputy public defender Molly Owens told Judge Boyd she is optimistic that an agreement can be reached, and asked for another continuance.
Deputy District Attorney Anne Norrdin didn’t altogether dismiss the idea, but pushed for a trial date and asked that the court enter a not guilty plea on behalf of the defendant.
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Boyd obliged, scheduling a nine-day trial to begin on Aug. 3 and setting a review and motions deadline for March 10.
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