Trial set for Rifle man accused in brother’s death
December 23, 2009
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A man accused of shooting and killing his brother at their home in Rifle is scheduled to go to trial in April on a charge of first-degree murder.
A judge in Garfield County on Tuesday set a trial beginning April 12 for 21-year-old Heath Johnston.
He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of 26-year-old Samuel Johnston at their home Dec. 15, 2008. Police say Johnston told them his brother was unhappy and asked to be killed.
District Attorney Martin Beeson has said he doesn’t plan to seek the death penalty.
Johnston is jailed, with bond set at $2 million.