Summit County man accused of stabbing woman, himself waives his preliminary hearing |

Summit County man accused of stabbing woman, himself waives his preliminary hearing

Robert Allen
Summit County correspondent
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Steven H. Carter

BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado – A man accused of stabbing a woman before turning the 12-inch kitchen knife on himself last November waived his preliminary hearing in Summit County Court on Friday.

Steven H. Carter, 31, remains in Summit County Jail since he was released from the hospital after a Nov. 25 incident where he and a 44-year-old woman were found unconscious in a pool of blood outside a residence in Illinois Gulch.

Charges against Carter include first-degree attempted murder and first degree assault; however, the defense is working with Fifth Judicial District Attorney Mark Hurlbert’s office on a plea agreement for second-degree attempted murder. The other charges would be dropped.

Carter’s next hearing, in district court, is set for Jan. 25 at 8:30 a.m.

His attorney, JB Katz, said the preliminary hearing was waived because “goals” have already been accomplished outside the courtroom. She declined to explain the nature of the goals.

Carter also faces charges in a separate drunken driving case to be addressed in court later this month.

A preliminary hearing is an opportunity for a defense argue to a county court judge that there’s insufficient probably cause to proceed with the case.

A “Probable cause statement” in Carter’s court file includes reports from deputies with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. They describe finding the man and woman on ground level outside the residence each with three stab wounds to the chest area.

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