Snooty Coyote burglary case continued in district court |

Snooty Coyote burglary case continued in district court

Lance Maggart

Connor MacLaird, suspect in the Snooty Coyote Liquor Store burglary, made his first court appearance in Grand County on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

MacLaird appeared before District Court Judge Mary Hoak for arraignment proceedings along with his Public Defender Chris Hamsher and Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Brown. Also present in the courtroom gallery was Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin.

Public Defender Hamsher immediately requested a continuance on the case citing the need for additional time to review evidence. Judge Hoak granted the continuance request. MacLaird is scheduled to appear again in District Court for an arraignment on March 11 at 2:15 p.m.

MacLaird, 20, appeared in-custody and was transferred from the Routt County Jail to Grand County for his court appearance. MacLaird is being charged in Grand County but is being held at the Routt County Jail. MacLaird’s case has garnered heightened attention because the suspect was shot by Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin during on-scene investigations following initial reports of a burglary at the Snotty Coyote. According to affidavits from the case MacLaird was advancing towards Sheriff Schroetlin with a knife raised in his hand when he was shot. That incident occurred during the early morning hours of Sept. 15, 2015.

A Grand Jury reviewed Sheriff Schroetlin’s shooting of MacLaird and cleared him of any wrongdoing. The same Grand Jury leveled four separate charges against MacLaird related to the incident. MacLaird is charged with assault on a peace officer, burglary, theft and criminal mischief. The charges against MacLaird are accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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