52.1 F
Show Low
Friday, February 23, 2024
HomeNewsLocal NewsChad Columbia Requests Contested Preliminary Hearing.

Chad Columbia Requests Contested Preliminary Hearing.

Apache County Superior Court began around 2 p.m.; it was around 2:15 when Columbia came walking in shackled from his hands to his feet. The sound of his chains rang through the courthouse.

Columbia was booked into Apache County Jail for numerous felony warrants on August 10, 2023. The warrant describes several charges that stem from Attempted First Degree Murder/Premeditated to Disorderly Conduct. Several of the charges, the state alleges, are Domestic Violence violations.
The warrant dates to events that occurred on March 21, 2023, and was signed on July 19, 2023, by Apache County Chief Deputy Attorney Tyron D Jensen.

It took a manhunt to get Columbia into custody.

The charges may continue as the Apache County Sheriff’s Office investigates possible homicide charges against Columbia for a separate incident.

Honorable Michael Latham was the Apache County Superior Court presiding Judge and heard Columbias case.

Columbia made his way up to Judge Latham and his attorney, R. John Lee, shackled, wearing orange and white prison clothes. He had a solemn look on his face as he sat down and looked over his plea deal with his attorney.

As quick as Columbia sat down, he got up, refused the States plea deal, and walked quickly to the back of the courthouse. Walking by the reporter, Columbia nodded to his supporters and said,” I will call you.”

Lee said, “It was a mushy deal” and indicated that Columbia requested a contested Preliminary Hearing.

The Preliminary Hearing means the state has the burden of proof providing enough evidence in support of each charge showing probable cause.

Legal Assistant to R. John Lee, Breanna Lee, wrote in an email “between these hearings the State will extend a plea offer that starts the base of negotiations, which can take months of back and forth.”

Molly K Ottman Executive Editor/Journalist for Mountain Daily Star

Pictures Molly K Ottman

Date:

Related stories

Road rage incident on I-40 | Attempt to locate

APACHE COUNTY-On Feb. 20 a road rage incident occurred on I-40 at MP 330 around 1 p.m. 

Navajo County Sheriff’s Office secures funding for vital Public Safety Activities

HOLBROOK- In October 2023, the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) awarded the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) $7,136,353 in grant funding to help combat border-related criminal activity.

Vernon arson suspect arrested

VERNON-Multiple arsons in Vernon caused serious concern for residents and the Vernon Fire District, a suspect has been arrested and charged.

SLUSD employee arrested for stealing over $14,000 from district.

SHOW LOW- According to the Show Low Police Department, an employee at Show Low Unified School District (SLUSD) admitted to stealing thousands of dollars from the district.

Winter storm expected to hit Navajo and Apache Counties

A significant and impactful winter storm is expected to bring periods of wind, rain, and snow to the region from Tuesday into Wednesday.

Subscribe

- Never miss a story with notifications

- Gain full access to our premium content

- Browse free from up to 5 devices at once

Latest stories

Translate »