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Man to be tried on attempted murder charge

Aspen Times Staff Report

Former Aspen resident Donald Branson will be tried for attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly tried to slit another man’s throat, a judge ruled Thursday.

Judge James Boyd of the 9th Judicial District ruled there is probable cause for the charge at yesterday’s hearing.

Branson, 54, was arrested in April after Glenwood Springs resident Martin Arroyo told police Branson took him to a remote location near Old Snowmass claiming to need help retrieving a friend’s car. While the two were walking, Branson allegedly attacked Arroyo from behind with a knife, cutting his throat deeply just underneath his chin.

Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills told the court that Branson’s actions were premeditated, pointing to clean clothes and a new rope police allegedly found in the trunk of Branson’s car.

He called Branson’s alleged attempt at murdering Arroyo “amateurish” and “botched.”

Branson will be arraigned Aug. 27.


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