Man arrested as accomplice in fatal shooting

A second man was arrested Saturday in connection with a fatal shooting just outside Glenwood Springs last week.

Bond for Josue Joya, 20, who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder for allegedly driving the gunman to the shooting scene, was set at $250,000.

Joya is accused of driving Fredy Cabrera to apartments where Cabrera allegedly shot his stepdaughter and her boyfriend, fatally wounding him.

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Sherry Caloia said Cabrera then left in another vehicle.

Cabrera, 39, who lives outside Carbondale and owns the El Horizonte restaurants in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder after turning himself in on Thursday at the Mesa County Jail.

He’s accused of shooting Douglas Menjivar and Leydy Trejo at the Riverside Cottages south of Glenwood Springs late Wednesday night. Cabrera reportedly was upset that the two were dating.

In arrest and search warrant affidavits, Trejo was the only witness reported to have mentioned another man being with Cabrera at the time the shootings began. But on Friday, Garfield County authorities saying they were looking for a 2005 gold Jeep Grand Cherokee in connection with the case. Caloia said that vehicle has been found.

Cabrera waived advisement of his rights in court Monday. He’s not due back in court until Aug. 21, when he will be formally charged. At that time District Court Judge Denise Lynch will consider whether he should continue to be represented by the Public Defender’s Office.

Assistant District Attorney Scott Turner said Cabrera owns three businesses, two homes and six cars. But Deputy Public Defender Tina Fang told Lynch that it also must be considered how easily convertible to cash Cabrera’s assets are, particularly with him being in custody. Cabrera told Lynch Monday he wishes to be represented by public defenders.

He remains in Garfield County Jail on a no-bond hold. His bond also is likely to be considered on Aug. 21. Also that day, Lynch is expected to consider an appeal of a no-contact order Magistrate Holly Strablizky imposed against Cabrera in regards to witnesses and victims, as it pertains to his stepdaughter.




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