MacLaird case continued to April
March 15, 2016
Connor MacLaird was back in court last week.
The suspect in the Snooty Coyote Liquor Store burglary appeared in custody in District Court before Judge Mary Hoak for an arraignment on Friday March 11. MacLaird's appearance in court last Friday was brief with his Public Defender immediately requesting a countenance of the case. District Attorney Brett Barkey made no objection to the request and Judge Hoak made a point of questioning if MacLaird was fine with a continuance given the length of time he has already spent in custody, over five months. His counsel informed the Judge that Mr. MacLaird had no problems with a continuance.
MacLaird's case was continued to April 29 at 1 p.m. in the Routt County Courthouse in Steamboat Springs. While in custody for his ongoing case MacLaird is being held in the Routt County Jail. Deputies from Grand County transfer him to Hot Sulphur Springs for his court appearances. Because of scheduling conflicts between the various parties MacLaird's next appearance in court will be in Routt County.
MacLaird was arrested on Oct. 4, 2015 when deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department took him into custody 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 law enforcement during on-scene investigations following the Snooty Coyote Liquor Store burglary on Sept. 15 last year.
Grand County Sheriff Brett 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.
Deputies from the Grand County Sheriff's Office and an officer from the Fraser/Winter Park Police Dept. were searching the area with help from Sheriff Schroetlin. Schroetlin shot MacLaird while the suspect was approaching the Sheriff with a knife raised in his hand. Schroetlin struck MacLaird with three rounds during the incident.
Following the break-in and shooting incident 14th Judicial District Attorney Brett Barkey sent the shooting to a Grand Jury for review. That Grand Jury ruled Sheriff Schroetlin's shooting of MacLaird justified and also returned with four indictments for MacLaird related to that night.
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.
Lance Maggart can be reached at 970-557-6003.