Authorities file DNA evidence in homicide case | AspenTimes.com

Authorities file DNA evidence in homicide case

Naomi Havlen
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Police have filed DNA evidence in the case against a murder suspect arrested last October.

Andrew Michael Kachik, 28, remains in the Pitkin County Jail without bail. He is awaiting trial for the shooting death of Thomasville resident Vincent Paul Thomas. The evidence police collected on June 7 includes two tubes of blood from the suspect’s arm and four swabs from the suspect’s cheek.

Kachik was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital where the evidence was retrieved last Friday.

Public defender James Conway has filed a motion to suppress the DNA evidence taken from his client.

Conway has also filed a motion to suppress statements Kachik allegedly made to police the night he was arrested. According to the warrant for his arrest, Kachik allegedly said, “I’m who you’re looking for,” and “He [Thomas] drew his gun first. He said he was going to kill me,” just before being taken into custody.

A hearing for both motions is scheduled for July 10.

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Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Ron Ryan would not comment on the relevancy of the DNA evidence, saying that the investigation is ongoing.

Kachik is charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, first-degree burglary and attempted first-degree murder. The trial is scheduled to start Sept. 23.

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