Charges expected Monday in Vail shooting
November 20, 2009
VAIL, Colo. – Prosecutors will file charges Monday against Richard “Rossi” Moreau in the killing of a man at Vail’s Sandbar, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Thursday.
Police say Moreau, 63, of Vail killed Gary Bruce Kitching, a Carbondale physician, and injured three others in the Nov. 7 shooting.
Monday is the deadline that Judge Katharine T. Sullivan gave prosecutors for filing charges.
Prosecutors said previously that they are pursuing first-degree murder charges, but Hurlbert said Thursday that they have not finalized which charges they will file. Multiple charges are likely, Hurlbert said.
On Thursday, Sullivan granted a motion from Hurlbert asking that search-warrant affidavits be sealed.
“Right now, we’re trying to protect the integrity of the investigation,” Hurlbert said.
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A register of court actions shows the affidavit in support of a request for a search warrant filed Tuesday involves the cell phone of Darlene Hoffman. Hoffman has described herself as a friend and former psychologist of Moreau. A 2000 police report described her as Moreau’s girlfriend.
Public defender Reed Owens, who is representing Moreau, has filed for a gag order in the case. Sullivan has yet to rule on the motion. Owens could not be reached by phone Thursday afternoon.
Moreau is scheduled for arraignment Dec. 1 at the courthouse in Eagle. He remains in the Eagle County jail.