Police, doctor to testify at hearing in Vail shooting
December 25, 2009
VAIL, Colo. – Prosecutors expect to call two police officers and a forensic pathologist as witnesses in a hearing scheduled for Wednesday in the Vail murder case of Richard “Rossi” Moreau.
They will seek to establish “probable cause” at the hearing.
But the defense filed a request this week asking for more time before the hearing, and prosecutors don’t object to that request, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Thursday.
Gary Bruce Kitching, 70, of Carbondale, was killed in a Nov. 7 shooting at the Sandbar in West Vail. Three others were also shot.
Moreau, 63, of Vail, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, and five other felonies.
Moreau’s public defenders said earlier this month that they would be “ineffective” if Wednesday’s hearing is not delayed. At the Dec. 15 hearing, public defender Reed Owens asked Judge Katharine T. Sullivan for more time, but she declined to reschedule the hearing. Owens cited the copious amounts of evidence and witnesses that need to be studied.
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The judge has yet to rule on the latest request for more time.
Vail Police Detective Justin Dill, the lead investigator for the Nov. 7 Sandbar shooting, Avon Police Sgt. Greg Daly, who responded to the incident, and Dr. Robert Kurtzman, a forensic pathologist, are set to testify for the prosecution at the Wednesday hearing.
If Sullivan finds probable cause, the case will be bound over to the courtroom of District Judge R. Thomas Moorhead.