A former Fort Carson veteran Sgt. Albert Granados who has been incarcerated since early July in Colorado Springs for ten alleged counts, from Murder 1-extreme indifference to assault 3-know/reckless cause injury on 11 Aug, 2011 requested through his lawyer to have his bond reduced and issued a plea of not guilty. The lawyer stated that Mr. Granados was a 15 year honorable veteran who had served his country well including three tours in Iraq. He further stated that Mr. Granados when the alleged acts happened was on Si-co-tropic drugs and was suffering from PTSD. That during the past 35 days he had been taken off the drugs and wanted the VA to evaluate them.
His lawyer ask that the bond be reduced to something like $50,000 so that Mr. Granados or his family could afford the cost. The lawyer stated Mr. Granados was a poor man with only his disability and had no way of raising the bond. His family was willing to have a family member come to Colorado Springs to assist Mr. Granados in finding an apartment and help monitor his activities. He stated that his client had no past history of convicted offenses, had family who had agreed to help and would like to see him put in a VA program for evaluation with a GPS leg tracker. He further stated that because his client was off the drugs, knew he was not to be in contact with the plaintiff, he was not a danger to anyone and was not going to flee.
The defendant's wife told the judge that because of his actions in the Colombian Army, killing at least 17 Communist gorillas, the PTSD and Si-co-tropic drugs, this was a one time episode and that she felt he should be put in a VA evaluation program since he was not a criminal. Her and the defendants brother were visibly shaken and broke down and sobbed at one point. Neither her or anyone else in the courtroom testified that Mr. Granados bond should remain at $200,000.
The Assistant District Attorney, detective on the case and defendants father-in-law testified that the bond should be maintained or raised since Mr. Granados was a danger to family members and the community. The assistant district attorney pointed out that Mr. Granados had friends in the community who could provide him weapons if he were free, he was considered a flight risk and numerous other reasons why the bond should remain in place.
The lead detective stated that the domestic violence had continued in the family for at least 15 years. The defendant had threatened to kill several police officers and others at his former residence in Colorado Springs, placed a gun to the head of the grandson while still living on Fort Carson and he had documented evidence to these and other incidents. He also stated that the defendant had a sniper rifle, 2 AR-15's, a modified shotgun, 2 9mm pistols, boxes of ammunition, body armour, survival gear he was attempting to retrieve when apprehended including a 9mm Beretta in his car which were all confiscated. Mr. Granados lawyer pointed out to the court that all weapons and equipment were legally purchased and owned.
The father-in-law testified that he, "was not buying the song and dance put on by the defendant's lawyer" and that he considered Mr. Granados a danger to his daughter, grandson and community at large. He further attempted to state that Mr. Granados had threatened to kill him three times, he had lost tract of the number of individuals he had threatened to kill, when Mr. Granados lawyer objected. The judge told him to let the father-in-law finish, which he did. His last statement read into the record was to whatever extent it took, he would protect his daughter and grandson.
The district attorneys office requested the bond be raised an additional $50,000, however the judge felt the defendant could not raise the current bond, so there was no use increasing it further. After careful consideration reviewing all documentation, the judge rendered his decision that the bond remain at $200,000. He further told Mr. Granados bond did not have a bearing on guilt or innocence and that just with Count 1 if convicted, he faced a minimum of 8 years to life in prison.
The date for Court Motions was set for 29 Sep., 2011 at 1:30pm, Trial Readiness 10 Nov., 2011 at 11:00am and Trial Date for 14 Nov., 2011 at 9:00am. When ask the defendant's lawyer indicated he expected the trial to last no longer than one week.