Winter Park standoff case proceeds to trial
Grand County, CO Colorado
Attempts to arrive at a plea deal in the case of the man charged with attempted murder from the Thanksgiving Day standoff in Winter Park failed, and the trial is taking place in the 14th Judicial District court in Hot Sulphur Springs.
By noon on Thursday, the prosecution’s witness Fraser-Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor had taken the stand following the cross examination of former Winter Park Police investigator Brett Schroetlin.
The defense will be presenting its case later in the trial. Wilson’s defense attorneys have argued that Wilson intended to harm no one other than himself and that the attempted murder charges, among others, are inappropriate.
In front of a panel of 14 jurors, police officers described the scene on Nov. 27, 2008.
A 3-hour standoff ended when police shot Brian Wilson, 53, of Denver, with a non-lethal “beanbag” round from a shotgun, which knocked him to the ground, according to the affidavit for Wilson’s arrest.
During the ensuing struggle to apprehend the suspect, police claim Wilson discharged four rounds from a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun in close proximity to the officers.
He had been “erratically” waving the weapon down by his side, according to police testimony during the trial.
“I was scared, knowing how a gun works it only takes a split second for that gun to shoot any one of us,” said Schroetlin during the trial.
Schroetlin testified that one of Wilson’s discharged bullets struck a tire on his own Jeep, which blocked U.S. Highway 40 between the Vintage Hotel and the Winter Park Mountain Lodge during the standoff.
Trainor testified that Wilson threatened to take his own life at that location and had rejected all efforts to negotiate.
During the standoff, Wilson was drinking alcohol he poured from a bottle he kept in his vehicle, Trainor said.
Wilson faces charges that include five counts of attempted 1st degree murder, six counts of felony menacing, two counts of obstructing a police officer, three counts of prohibited use of a weapon, one count each of obstructing a highway, driving under the influence, DUI per se, and five sentence enhancers for committing crimes of violence.
The trial is set to continue at least through today, May 21, and could continue into next week.
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