Competency hearing scheduled for Cortez murder suspect

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Competency hearing scheduled for Cortez murder suspect

Defense attorney challenges latest mental health evaluation
Jeremiah Damron during his arrest in July 2017.
Timeline

JULY 20, 2017: The body of Damron’s mother, 62-year-old Kristie Damron, is found apparently beaten and burned to death in his backyard early in the morning. Cortez police and sheriff’s deputies arrest Damron on North Sligo Street at 10:25 a.m.


JULY 24, 2017: Damron appears in Montezuma County District Court for an advisement hearing. His bail is set at $500,000, and he is ordered to undergo a mental competency evaluation through the Colorado Department of Human Services.


JULY 28, 2017: Damron is charged with first-degree murder. His mental competency hearing is scheduled for Sept. 6, and his preliminary hearing for Sept. 22.


SEPT. 6, 2017: Damron’s hearings are delayed after CDHS says the results of his evaluation will not be available until October.


OCT. 17, 2017: Damron is ruled mentally incompetent to participate in his defense. District Judge Todd Plewe orders him to undergo treatment at the CDHS Institute in Pueblo.


JAN. 16, 2018: CDHS requests a delay in Damron’s treatment, and his hearing is postponed to April 3. Plewe turns down a request to reduce bail.


MARCH 2, 2018: Damron is deemed competent to proceed by CDHS Institute, according to court records.


APRIL 17, 2018: Plewe grants a defense request for a second assessment.


JUNE 19, 2018: A second evaluation is delivered to the court, again declaring Damron competent to proceed.


JUNE 22, 2018: Defense attorney John Moran announces he plans to challenge the mental health evaluations. Damron’s next competency hearing is scheduled for Aug. 1.

Competency hearing scheduled for Cortez murder suspect

Jeremiah Damron during his arrest in July 2017.
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