March trial set in deadly car crash
A Fort Collins woman charged with vehicular homicide in the New Year’s Eve death of a Redstone resident pleaded not guilty in district court Monday.Stormy Lindblom, 25, also faces charges of DUI and careless driving causing bodily injury. Her lawyer, Chip McCrory, asked Judge James Boyd to set a jury trial and said he would be filing a motion to suppress some evidence.Prosecutor Andrew Heyl said he would likely need five days for the trial; McCrory said a week would suffice.Lindblom was allegedly drunk when her vehicle ran off the road on Highway 133 outside Carbondale, rolled and struck a tree on its passenger side. Josanna Reece, 22, was killed instantly. Lindblom and another person in the vehicle suffered minor injuriesThe suspect was in court Monday with five or six family members who have attended every hearing.If convicted, Lindblom faces between four and 12 years in prison, although Boyd could find aggravating circumstances and double the sentence. The judge set a five-day jury trial that will begin at 8:15 a.m. on March 27.In other court news, a man charged with first- and second-degree assault stemming from a fight at a campsite near Mount Sopris had his plea for bond reduction rejected.Billy Knoeppchen, 28, allegedly struck a teenager in the face with a metal file, breaking his jaw, and jabbed another youth in the eye.In arguing against a reduced bond, Heyl read Knoeppchen’s criminal history. The suspect told Boyd that some of the infractions occurred when he was a juvenile.The judge, noting both Knoeppchen’s criminal past and ties to the community, refused to lower the bond amount of $15,000. The original bond when he was arrested was $50,000.Knoeppchen was visibly angry by the rejection and walked out of the courtroom under the guard of two jailers.
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