Prosecution wraps case presentation in Glenwood Springs
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Sharon Coelho said shes been a runaway since 12 and started using methamphetamine at 14. Wednesday, she testified in an attempted murder case for the second time.Last time, she wore jail garb something a prosecutor said hurt her credibility. This time, she wore a gray hooded sweatshirt with the word, Lowrider below the words, Ride with pride.In January 2007 she pointed at Lawrence Doty from the witness stand. This time, she pointed at Samuel Lincoln, 26. Lincoln, Larry Doty and a man named AJ left from her room at the Budget Host motel with guns and knives and came back with blood on their clothes in the early hours of Nov. 30, 2004, she said.When they came back, their clothing had blood on it and they were really anxious to get out of there, she said.The men washed up and they drove her to Grand Junction in Lincolns blue Ford Mustang, she said. She was 16 at that time.She said she had suggested they rob Federico Garcia Hernandez at the Fireside Trailer Court to get more money for more meth. To help Coelho out, Garcia Hernandez had paid for the motel room in which the crime was planned.Garcia Hernandez was stabbed four or more times and spent two weeks in the hospital, but neither he nor his family members who witnessed the crime could identify the assailants because they wore masks.Coelho, who said shes been clean since September 2006, said she didnt intend for anyone to get hurt. She was promised she wouldnt be charged with any crimes in exchange for her testimony, but she said she knew she could be charged when first speaking with detectives. She said she was nervous and didnt like talking about the incident.Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitch asked her why.Its something that I just dont want in my memory, she said, adding later, Hell yeah, Im ashamed, very much so.Defense attorney Kathy Goudy said previously that Coelho falsified the story about Lincoln and Doty to protect herself.Under Goudys cross-examination, Coehlo said she hooked up with Doty a couple times while dating another man who was arrested for assaulting Doty. Coelho was a little upset when Garcia Hernandez refused to pay for more nights at the Budget Host, she said.Coelho was arrested in 2005 on suspicion of handgun possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation, and later for escape from a juvenile rehab center, she said.In the course of Coelhos testimony, the number of times she said she went to Garcia Hernandez trailer to smoke marijuana changed from five or six times to 10 times to just a couple of times to answering yes to whether she remembered testifying in Dotys trial that the number was 25 times. Garcia Hernandez said shed been there once.A Glenwood Springs police detective said scientific tests couldnt find any blood in Lincolns blue Ford Mustang that Coelho said the group drove to Grand Junction with bloody clothes. Police didnt find any leads on other unidentified men who Coelho said were hanging out and using meth at the Budget Host, according to the detective, and the hotel room was never searched.Before finishing presenting the prosecutions case, Fitch also called the same witnesses who testified at Dotys trial: a doctor, investigators with the 9th Judicial District Attorneys Office and Glenwood Springs Police Department, a manager of the Budget Host at the time and a man who testified he overheard Coelho planning the crime with some men he couldnt identify.A jury found Doty not guilty of the charges against him in the January 2007 trial. Lincoln, of Palisade, faces charges of second-degree attempted murder, assault, burglary, theft and menacing. He was sentenced to 222 years in prison for shooting at Mesa County deputies and trying to shoot a man to death in the desert near Grand Junction.Lincoln was arrested at the Budget Host in December 2005 after law enforcement learned he was there, staked out the place and shot him with less-lethal rounds while he was leaving the motel.Goudy said she will argue a motion to dismiss charges this morning. The defense will also wait until today to decide if Lincoln will take the witness stand, she added.Contact Pete Fowler: firstname.lastname@example.org Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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