Judge to consider second trial in 2003 stabbing

Seven years after a Grand Junction man stabbed another man 27 times with a kitchen knife, Colorado courts are still trying to decide what should happen in the case.

Troy Mondragon, 45, is scheduled to return to court Wednesday before District Judge Valerie Robison, who will rule on whether Mondragon is competent to stand trial for a second time in the March 22, 2003, stabbing of another man at a Grand Junction apartment.

Mondragon pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but was convicted at a trial in 2006 of attempted-first degree murder and first-degree assault, among other charges, and sentenced to 64 years in prison. Attorneys presented statements by Mondragon that he worked for the FBI and the CIA, among other agencies that infiltrated satanic cults, and that he believed he was an archangel involved in special operations.

The Colorado Court of Appeals said Chief District Judge David Bottger applied an incorrect standard in determining Mondragon’s competency to stand trial and sent the case back to Mesa County. The judge eventually threw out the jury’s verdict in December 2009.

However, the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo evaluated Mondragon earlier this year and issued a report finding he was competent.

If Robison determines Mondragon is now competent, the case will be set for a second trial, Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle said.

Tuttle said Mondragon would likely be committed to the Pueblo hospital if Robison finds otherwise.


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