MacLaird heads back to Court
Connor MacLaird heads back to court this Friday.
MacLaird, suspect in the Snooty Coyote Liquor Store burglary case, is scheduled to appear in District Court before Judge Mary Hoak in the Routt County Courthouse in Steamboat Springs on Friday April 29 at 1 p.m. While in custody for his ongoing case MacLaird is being held in the Routt County Jail. Deputies from Grand County typically transfer MacLaird to Hot Sulphur Springs for his court appearances. Because of scheduling conflicts between the District Attorney’s Office, MacLaird’s Public Defender and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office MacLaird’s next appearance in court was scheduled to be held in Routt County.
MacLaird has been working his way through the court system in the 14th Judicial District, in Grand County, since mid-January when he made his first appearance in court related to charges stemming from the Snooty Coyote Liquor Store burglary. MacLaird’s case was continued at that time until mid-March when he again appeared in Grand County.
During that appearance his Public Defender, Chris Hamsher, requested another continuance from Judge Hoak. At that time Judge Hoak made a point of asking if a continuance was acceptable for MacLaird, pointing out the length of time he has already spent in custody, at that time roughly five months and currently just shy of seven full months. MacLaird’s counsel informed the Judge that MacLaird had no problems with the continuance.
MacLaird has been in custody since early Oct. when he was arrested by Deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on an unrelated warrant shortly after he was released from St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood. MacLaird was being treated in St. Anthony’s for gunshot wounds he sustained from Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin during on-scene investigations following the Snooty Coyote Liquor Store burglary on Sept. 15 last year.
Schroetlin shot MacLaird while searching a motel room in the Fireside Inn in Tabernash following the liquor store break-in. The Snooty Coyote is located in Tabernash and the Fireside Inn is cattycorner from the liquor store across US Highway 40. According to affidavits related to the case the shooting occurred when MacLaird approached the Sheriff with a knife raised in his hand. Schroetlin struck MacLaird with three rounds during the incident.
MacLaird has been charged with assault on a peace officer, burglary, theft and criminal mischief. Charges are accusations against a suspect and all suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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