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Murder trial starts slowly; jury selection put off a day

Naomi Havlen
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Jury selection in the trial of accused murderer Andrew Kachik was postponed on Monday in Pitkin County District Court but should continue today.

Officials would not confirm the cause for the postponement, and the potential jurors were sent home Monday morning. Kachik is charged with first-degree murder in the October shooting of Thomasville resident Vincent Thomas.

Security at the trial will be tight. Spectators will have to pass through a metal detector brought over from the Pitkin County Jail. Signs on the stairs up to the courtroom warn that all bags, backpacks and personal items are subject to search.

Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office chief investigator Joe DiSalvo, who is in charge of security measures, said these precautions are the norm in this type of trial.

“It’s standard procedure in a case that’s high-profile, that may go on for seven to 10 days,” DiSalvo said. “And by high-profile I mean any person on trial for a violent crime like this.”

Kachik, who will turn 29 on Friday, was arrested on the night of Oct. 25 after police received a call that an intruder had entered a home up Frying Pan Road and that a fight had broken out between two men.

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Kachik allegedly entered Thomas’ home and sparked an argument regarding Kachik’s girlfriend. According to preliminary reports, Kachik’s girlfriend had moved out of his mobile home and into Thomas’ house after an argument. She had brought her children with her ? a 2-year-old from a previous relationship and a 10-month-old reportedly fathered by Kachik.

Thomas’ friends told police that the girlfriend was new to the area and was looking for a place to stay but the two were not romantically involved.

A short time after the first call police were notified that a shooting had occurred and that the suspect had left the scene. Police arrested Kachik without incident after he was stopped at a roadblock on Frying Pan Road.

He is currently being held in Pitkin County Jail without bond.