Texas teen held at the Garfield County Jail on murder charges to be sent back
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A Texas teen being held at the Garfield County Jail will be heading back to San Antonio to face capital murder charges.
Prosecutors received a governor’s warrant from the state of Texas to extradite Stephen Vogt, 19, back to the state on capital murder charges. The warrant was received late last week by the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office authorizing the extradition.
Vogt appeared with his attorney Greg Greer Monday in Garfield County District Court.
Prosecutor Jon Pototsky produced evidence proving that Stephen Vogt was the same individual that San Antonio Police were looking for in connection with the Sept. 6 murder of San Antonio resident Mario Raygoza.
Greer told Judge Gail Nichols that he had no legal reason to stop the extradition, but he pleaded with Nichols to fully understand the gravity of the situation.
“The decision to participate in taking another life has so much an immense effect to each person in the process, no matter what their role, that I ask you not to take on that burden for yourself and not to participate in any attempt to take Stephen’s life,” Greer said.
Greer took on Vogt’s case after public defender Tina Fang asked him to look into it.
Vogt was granted a motion to withdrawal a waiver of extradition, which was previously entered in his case because Greer argued that Vogt did not “knowingly and voluntarily” waive his right to an extradition hearing.
Vogt is being held on a felony warrant from Texas on capital murder charges. He, along with James Garza, 17, also of San Antonio, was arrested in Glenwood Springs for allegedly shoplifting items from City Market.
Police later identified the two as suspects wanted by San Antonio Police in connection with the murder.
According to the San Antonio Express News, Raygoza’s body was found outside of an apartment building in San Antonio. Vogt and Garza allegedly stabbed Raygoza, then stole his 2008 Dodge Avenger and fled to Colorado.
Garza was extradited in early October and is currently being held in the Bexar County Jail on capital murder charges on a $1 million bond.
Vogt is expected to be extradited within 10 days.
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