Aspen man accused of assaulting cops assaults inmate | AspenTimes.com

Aspen man accused of assaulting cops assaults inmate

An inmate waiting to be tried for allegedly assaulting two Aspen police officers was charged Wednesday with assaulting another inmate in the Pitkin County Jail, according to court documents.

Landin Smith, 52, now faces a misdemeanor assault charge in addition to felony assault on a police officer charges in the two other cases pending against him.

“We have severe mental health issues,” said Smith, who frequently refers to himself in the plural.

District Judge Chris Seldin on Thursday ordered Smith held in lieu of a $2,500 bond, though he admitted the bond didn’t mean much because Smith is being held in lieu of a $30,000 cash-only bond in the felony cases against him.

Details about the assault on the other inmate were not available Thursday.

Smith is scheduled to go to trial in July for the first police officer assault case, which occurred in February 2015. The second alleged assault on a police officer occurred in December 2015 but has not yet been scheduled for trial.

Smith was set to plead guilty in the cases earlier this year, but withdrew his plea and asked for a new public defender to represent him. With his new attorney on board, Smith pleaded not guilty in September by reason of insanity in the two police officer assault cases.

However, psychiatrists at the state psychiatric hospital in Pueblo found him sane last month. Smith had twice been found competent to stand trial before that.

Still, Smith’s attorney, Garth McCarty, asked to have Smith examined by a private psychiatrist last month after the state examination found him sane.

Smith has already spent three years in a Colorado prison for kicking an Aspen police officer in 2009. A month after he was released from that stint, he kicked an officer again and was later sentenced to six months in jail.

jauslander@aspentimes.com


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