Fredy Cabrera seeks limits to publicity in Glenwood Springs murder trial

Staff Report

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Attorneys for murder suspect Fredy Cabrera, who is accused of the July 31 shooting death of a young man dating Cabrera’s stepdaughter, as well as the shooting of the stepdaughter herself in the same incident, have asked a local judge to place restrictions on numerous aspects of the case against him including the amount of publicity generated by the case.

Acting through the public defender’s office, which represents him for now, Cabrera has filed motions objecting to any attempts by prosecutors to obtain hair and saliva samples from him while he is in custody, as well as any effort by prosecutors to try to obtain records of visitors he receives while he is housed in the Garfield County Jail.

His attorneys also have asked Judge Denise Lynch to issue an order requiring the preservation of all notes made by law enforcement agents who have worked on the case.

“Defense counsel is aware that it is the practice of law enforcement to destroy their notes,” states the motion in question.

Finally, the public defender’s office has filed a motion to limit pre-trial publicity about the case, essentially seeking a gag order on attorneys working on the case and a ruling that the defendant not be subjected to media requests for interviews and photographs.

The court file on the case contained no reply to the motions from the district attorney’s office. The motions probably will be discussed at a hearing on Aug. 21, which is the next time Cabrera, 39, is due in court.

Cabrera, who faces a charge of first degree murder, is being held without bond in the county jail.

A second defendant in the case, 20-year-old Josue Joya of Basalt, also is being held in the county jail, in lieu of a $250,000 bond, on charges of conspiracy to commit murder.

Authorities allege that Joya drove Cabrera to the murder scene, an apartment complex south of Glenwood Springs, on the day of the shootings.

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