Third continuance in murder case |

Third continuance in murder case

John Gardner

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Heath Johnston’s first-degree murder case was continued for a third time Tuesday morning.

Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Gail Nichols agreed to continue the arraignment hearing to May 5, but said that she wants to see some progress at the next court hearing because it’s already been three months.

Public Defender Steve McCrohan said that the defense is still awaiting a toxicology report on Johnston from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and reports on other evidence related to the case as one of the reasons they asked for the continuance.

Johnston, 20, was arrested on Dec. 15 in Rifle on suspicion of first-degree murder after police responded to a shooting that evening. Johnston is accused of shooting his brother Sam Johnston, 26, in the head with a shotgun after Sam allegedly begged him to do so, according to an arrest affidavit. He remains in the Garfield County Jail on $2 million bond.

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