Stabbing suspect Harriet Watt, of Frisco, faces up to 16 years in prison |

Stabbing suspect Harriet Watt, of Frisco, faces up to 16 years in prison

John Colson
Post Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Stabbing suspect Harriet Watt of Frisco told a local magistrate on Wednesday that she would be hiring a private attorney to defend against charges that she stabbed a friend at a home in Carbondale and then fled to her home in Frisco.

Watt, 33, was arrested on Aug. 4 by police in Frisco, over allegations that she stabbed Eric Smith, 39, of Carbondale at about 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, at Smith’s home on Lincoln Avenue. Smith’s injuries were not considered serious, and he was treated and released that day at Valley View Hospital.

Watt, after being picked up in Frisco, was brought back to the Garfield County Jail on Aug. 4 and kept overnight without bond.

On Aug. 5, Magistrate Holly Strablizky granted Watt a “personal recognizance” bond, meaning she was freed from jail without having to pay any of her $5,000 bond at the time of her release.

“I just want to cooperate any way that I possibly can.”
Harriet Watt
Suspect in stabbing

In court on Wednesday for formal advisement of the charges against her, Watt said she has been talking with private attorneys in Frisco and in Glenwood Springs, but had not hired one yet.

Strablizky urged her to get an attorney as soon as possible, and told her she is facing up to 16 years in prison if she is convicted of the charge against her, which is a class 4 felony.

Speaking in heavily accented English that resembled an Irish brogue, and occasionally stepping on Strablizky’s statements from the bench, Watt told the magistrate she intended to be an accommodating defendant.

“I just want to cooperate any way that I possibly can,” Watt told Strablizky.

She was told to return to the Garfield County Courthouse on Sept. 24 at 8:15 a.m., where she is to appear before District Judge James Boyd.

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