Ex-boyfriend faces stalking charge
November 1, 2007
ASPEN ” Aspen police arrested a man on felony harassment and menacing charges after he allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and two others by going “out in a blaze of glory.”
Devin Schutter, 28, allegedly told his ex-girlfriend, Emily Billing, that he was coming over to her house with guns to kill her and anyone close to her early Tuesday morning.
Police arrested Schutter at midday Tuesday. He faces three counts of felony menacing, one count of felony stalking and a misdemeanor domestic violence count.
Deputy District Attorney Gail Nichols said she would downgrade some of the charges when Schutter is advised on Thursday. Nichols would not comment on exactly what charges Schutter would face.
According to the Aspen police affidavit, police got a call at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday from Erin Sirko, saying Schutter threatened her, Billing and John “Justin” Fisher.
When officers arrived, Billings told an officer that Schutter was saying he was going to kill her, all her friends, anyone close to her and that he didn’t care about anything.
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According to police, Fisher told police he had a phone conversation in which Schutter said he was going to “splatter Erin’s brains all over the wall and make Justin watch,” and that “Erin’s blood will be your hands.”
The affidavit showed text messages to Billing from Schutter during the hours before police arrived reading such things as, “1:24 a.m. I’m coming over there, you [expletive]-up.”
Another read, “1:32 a.m. You started a war, getting even with you is worth my freedom or my life.”
Police said the text threats continued after they had arrived. Billing told police she was afraid, so, the report said, officers took Billing and her friends to the courthouse for safety.
Devin Schutter has multiple arrests in the past. He was arrested in August 2003 on suspicion trespassing, harassment and domestic violence after he allegedly broke into his girlfriend’s residence. The warrant for that arrest stated that Schutter left a number of verbally abusive messages on his ex-girlfriend’s cell phone.
Schutter is the older brother of Stefan Schutter, who served a 10-year prison sentence for his participation in the 1999 crime spree in Aspen.
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