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El Jebel double murder trial rescheduled

Staff report

The trial of the suspect in a double murder in El Jebel won’t begin as scheduled Monday and will likely be rescheduled for August, Eagle County District Judge Paul Dunkelman ruled Monday.

A hearing will be held April 13 to set dates for the new trial of Williams Amaya, according to Dunkelman’s court clerk. The trial was scheduled for three weeks.

Amaya is accused of shooting his aunt and uncle to death in the Sopris Village subdivision home where they lived in the El Jebel area in summer 2014. Amaya was renting a room from them. Multiple gunshot wounds from a handgun killed Mayra Lopez, 40, and Eliseo Lopez, 42.

Amaya, 35, also is accused of attempted murder of the Lopez’s two boys on the same night. They fled the house and were physically unharmed.

Amaya pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in January 2015. He has been held in the Eagle County Jail since his arrest the day after the deaths.

The 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office asked for a continuance of the trial last week. Deputy District Attorney Joe Kirwan said the prosecution’s experts need additional time to assess information about Amaya’s mental examinations. He was examined at the Colorado Mental Health Institute.


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