Snooty Coyote burglary case continued
The ongoing legal saga of Connor MacLaird was once again continued last Friday, April 29, following a brief appearance of the suspect in District Court in Routt County.
MacLaird’s case was continued to 2:30 p.m. on May 31 in District Court in Grand County for a scheduled arraignment before Judge Mary Hoak. MacLaird is the suspect in the Snooty Coyote Liquor Store burglary, an incident that occurred during the early morning hours of Sept. 15, 2015 in Tabernash.
MacLaird’s appearance Friday in Routt County marks the young man’s third appearance before 14th Judicial District Judge Hoak in his ongoing legal defense. MacLaird stands accused of assault on a peace officer, burglary, theft and criminal mischief.
The charges against MacLaird stem from incidents that occurred on Sept. 15 last year when local authorities received reports of a break-in at the Snooty Coyote Liquor Store in Tabernash. Following on scene investigations deputies from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office and an officer from the Fraser/Winter Park Police Dept. began searching the immediate area and discovered blood outside one of the rooms of the Fireside Inn Motel, located cattycorner across US Highway 40 from the Snooty Coyote.
After discovering blood outside Unit 2 of the Fireside Inn the officers and Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin entered the premises. According to affidavits related to the case Sheriff Schroetlin entered Unit 2 first and found MacLaird. The affidavits state MacLaird advanced on Sheriff Schroetlin with a knife raised in his hand in a threatening manner, prompting Schroetlin to shoot MacLaird, striking him three times.
At the time MacLaird was airlifted to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood where he was treated for his wounds. He was released from the hospital in early Oct. and was taken into custody by deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant unrelated to the incidents in Tabernash. He was later transported to Grand County to begin proceedings related to the incidents of Sept. 15.
A Grand Jury reviewed the shooting last fall and cleared Sheriff Schroetlin of any wrongdoing related to his use of force in the incident. Charges against MacLaird are accusations and all suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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