Basalt suspect wants photos of victim’s injuries withheld
EAGLE, Colo. ” A man charged with attempted murder for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend with a knife at a Basalt-area trailer park Sept. 29 wants to block use of some key evidence against him.
Ian Ranney hasn’t entered a plea yet in the case, but his attorney has filed three motions to try to restrict evidence that would be used in a possible trial, according to documents filed in Eagle County District Court.
Ranney’s attorney, Dana Christensen of the public defender’s office, filed one motion to prohibit use of photographs of the stabbing victim.
“Photographs of [the victim] would carry little probative value and would only serve to unfairly inflame the jury against Mr. Ranney,” the motion said.
If a judge allows the photographs to be used, they should be in black and white rather than color, Christensen claimed in a separate motion.
Ranney is accused of ambushing his ex-girlfriend outside her trailer at the Aspen-Basalt Mobile Home Park. Police accused him of attacking her with a knife shortly before daybreak, when she came out to start her car. The woman suffered extensive injuries to her face, neck, back and hands.
Ranney was arrested later that morning at the Basalt business where he worked. He is facing charges of attempted murder in the first degree, crime of violence, menacing, assault in the first degree and stalking.
Ranney, 25, is being held on $500,000 bond. He was initially held in the Eagle County jail but has been transferred to Chaffee County. The first substantial hearing in his case is scheduled Tuesday in Eagle.
In another motion, Ranney’s attorney objected to the use of a recording of the emergency call from the victim’s roommate to a police dispatcher. The roommate named Ranney as the possible attacker, which the motion claims is hearsay.
Police reports filed in the court case indicate that Ranney confessed to the attack. An investigator who questioned Ranney said he told him “he never intended to hurt (the victim). He wanted to scare her.”
Ranney and the victim dated for about two years but broke up one month before the attack, according to a police report. Ranney told investigators he repeatedly called the victim and sent her text messages after the break-up, but she wouldn’t respond.
He waited outside her trailer for about 90 minutes before the attack. He claimed he picked up a “butter knife” off the ground at the trailer park, but Eagle County deputies said they found a knife with a four to five inch blade and a wooden handle in his possessions at work.
An investigator said he asked Ranney what made him stop the attack on the victim. “He stated he was scared at what he did after he saw her face,” a police report said.
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