Husband who’s been charged with murder set for August plea
Barring unforeseen circumstances, Arturo Navarrete-Portillo will have until August to arrive at a plea deal or prepare to go to trial for the death of his wife, Maria Portillo-Amaya.
Navarrete-Portillo, 46, of Carbondale, faces a first-degree murder charge in the machete slaying of his wife on the morning of Feb. 16, before rear ending a cattle truck and confessing to the crime en route to the hospital.
At a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Garfield County District Court in Glenwood Springs, he waived his right to contest probable cause or make a case to be released on bond.
The case will move forward to a three-hour arraignment on Aug. 3, when a trial date will be set unless Navarrete-Portillo reaches a plea agreement.
Deputy District Attorney Matthew Barrett declined to comment on whether a deal might be in the works, but noted that “any number of things,” including new motions, could be discussed at the August hearing.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
Only two weeks into the Colorado legislative session, local representatives can see the lines between Republicans and Democrats, as well as common ground.