Samuel Lincoln pleads not guilty
Samuel Lincoln, who is accused of stabbing and attempting to murder a man in a West Glenwood trailer in 2004, pleaded not guilty Thursday in District Court. Public Defender Jamie Roth requested the court grant Lincoln a trial beyond the six-month limitation necessary for a speedy trial. Because Lincoln must stand trial twice for more serious charges in Grand Junction, Roth said Lincoln’s trial here should wait until his Mesa County court dates have passed. Senior Judge Joseph Quinn, a former chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court who is one of multiple judges presiding over District Court until a new judge is appointed to succeed late District Judge T. Peter Craven, set Lincoln’s trial for April 16, 2007. The trial is scheduled for three days. Lincoln was the subject of a manhunt in Mesa County late last year before his arrest on Dec. 11, 2005, in West Glenwood. He was taken into custody as he tried to walk out the back of the Budget Host motel in West Glenwood, not far from the Fireside Trailer Court where the stabbing of Federico Garcia-Hernandez occurred. Lawrence Dale Doty, Lincoln’s alleged accomplice, also pleaded not guilty. Doty will stand trial on Jan. 2, 2007. No explanation was given Thursday for Lincoln’s not-guilty plea, but Doty pleaded not guilty June 16 because his attorney, Gordon Gallagher, claimed Sharon Coelho, the witness for Doty and Lincoln, contradicted herself in her testimony during a preliminary hearing and is not a credible witness. The hearing was Craven’s last appearance on the District Court bench in Garfield County before he died June 20. Lincoln is also involved in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the Garfield County Jail. Lincoln and three other jail inmates claim jailers abused them while in custody.
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