Trial postponed in Glenwood Springs attempted murder case |

Trial postponed in Glenwood Springs attempted murder case

The trial of a Silt man accused of attempted murder stemming from a shooting incident at a downtown Glenwood Springs home in April 2021 has been rescheduled for late July.

A jury trial for Padrikea Nichols, 36, was scheduled to begin this week. The trial is now set for July 18-29, after a recent defense motion to continue the case was granted by Garfield District Judge John Neiley.

Nichols remains in the Garfield County Jail on $250,000 bond. He was last in court Feb. 11 when several defense motions were heard by the judge, including some related to evidence obtained through interviews following Nichols’ arrest the night of April 26, 2021.

Nichols allegedly fired at Thomas Powell, 26, multiple times with a handgun, hitting him twice, in an apparent domestic dispute involving Powell’s wife, who was Nichols ex-wife, outside a home in the 800 block of Pitkin Avenue around 8 p.m. that night.

Police said the dispute began the night before in a heated phone conversation with Powell when Nichols and his ex-wife were at a downtown Glenwood Springs bar, in which police officers intervened.

Powell was seriously injured and was air-lifted to a Denver hospital where he underwent several surgeries before relocating to New York City. He died Nov. 12, 2021; however, the charges against Nichols are still for attempted murder.

Nichols has claimed self-defense in the case, in which his defense attorneys argued at a preliminary hearing in October 2021 that it was Powell who was the aggressor when the two confronted each other the night of the shooting.

Nichols fled the scene, but was arrested at his home in Silt later that night.

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