Trial begins for 2004 violent robbery case
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Lawrence Dale Doty went on trial Wednesday as one of two men accused of breaking into a trailer in West Glenwood Springs, stabbing an occupant and stealing jewelry and cash.On Wednesday, testimony painted the picture of a bloody attack and burglary that occurred in the early hours of Nov. 30, 2004. Witnesses said one of two masked assailants stabbed Federico Garcia-Hernandez repeatedly, and that the assailants held him and other men at gunpoint and knifepoint while taking jewelry, $500 in cash and other items.Garcia-Hernandez told police an attacker grabbed him by his hair and pulled him from his bed while he slept and attacked him. A police officer who responded to the 2004 call described finding Garcia-Hernandez with blood on his face and most of his body, wrapped in a blood-stained blanket and complaining of feeling very cold. He said he found a “very significant” pool of blood by a couch in the living room. He said the bathroom, kitchen in dining area were also spattered with blood.Gregorio Garcia-Hernandez described watching his brother get stabbed multiple times by a man with a knife fixed to the barrel of a rifle. Jury selection for Doty’s attempted murder trial began Tuesday morning and lasted throughout the day. Opening statements began Wednesday. Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitch said she expected to finish calling witnesses by Friday at noon. Samuel Lincoln was also accused as a suspect in the case. Both previously pleaded not guilty. Lincoln and Doty originally faced the same nine charges: second-degree attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated robbery with a weapon, burglary, theft, criminal mischief, menacing, trespass of a dwelling and false imprisonment.Fitch said she dismissed Doty’s criminal mischief, trespass and false imprisonment charges so that the trial would focus on the main issues of the case.Lincoln’s trial is scheduled for April 16.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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