Accused officer’s widow wants bail money back
The widow of former Grand Junction Police Department officer Glenn Coyne wants a judge to order a refund of tens of thousands of dollars he paid to get out of jail.
In a motion filed Oct. 9, Michelle Coyne of Grand Junction said the return of $20,000 paid by her husband on Oct. 3 to a Montrose bail bondsman “would be just and prevent unjust enrichment.”
The bondsman, Dean Hergenrader of AA Bail Bonds, charged the late officer a premium of 8 percent of his total $250,000 bond for his release, according to the motion.
District Judge Richard Gurley has reserved a ruling on the request, pending a formal response from Hergenrader and District Attorney Pete Hautzinger.
Hergenrader told The Daily Sentinel that Coyne used a credit card to get out of jail Oct. 3, two days after he was fired and arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary and first-degree sexual assault.
Hergenrader on Friday said he was unaware of Michelle Coyne’s motion.
According to the motion, a certified copy of the request was placed in the mail to Hergenrader’s office Oct. 9.
Hergenrader has said Coyne appeared eager to partake in his own defense after he bonded out of jail on Oct. 3.
He said Coyne had not returned several phone calls in the days leading to Oct. 6, when Coyne was found dead in a hotel room in Golden.
Jefferson County officials have said Coyne died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
According to state law, a judge can order the partial return of a bond premium if the terms or conditions are altered within 10 days of a defendant’s release on bond.
Coyne’s apparent suicide happened three days after his transaction with Hergenrader.
Coyne, 35, was arrested Oct. 1 on allegations he sexually assaulted a local woman in her home in the predawn hours of Sept. 29, after Coyne’s regular shift ended.
Coyne’s case remains an open investigation at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, and Hautzinger has said the matter will be closed when they receive a death certificate.
Coyne’s arrest warrant affidavit remains filed under seal.