Rifle murder case continued again | AspenTimes.com

Rifle murder case continued again

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Health Johnston

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Rifle resident Heath Johnston’s first-degree murder case was continued for a third time in court Tuesday morning.

Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Gail Nichols agreed to continue the arraignment hearing to May 5, but said she wants to see some progress at the next court hearing, given the three months that have elapsed since Johnston was arrested.

Public Defender Steve McCrohan said the defense is still awaiting a toxicology report on Johnston from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and reports on other evidence related to the case, in asking for the continuance.

Johnston, 20, was arrested on Dec. 15 in Rifle on suspicion of first-degree murder after police responded to a shooting that evening. Johnston is accused of shooting his brother, Sam Johnston, 26, in the head with a shotgun after Sam allegedly begged him to do so, according to an arrest affidavit.

Heath Johnston remains in the Garfield County jail on $2 million bond.


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