Suspect accused in murder-for-hire plot

Amy Adamson

An Orchard Mesa woman awaiting trial on charges she stabbed a man to death in January is now accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill two witnesses.

Mesa County Judge Bruce Raaum on Friday advised 20-year-old Amy Adamson that she could be charged with two counts each of criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Richard Brown told Raaum that Adamson attempted to hire someone to kill two people listed as witnesses in her first-degree murder case.

The arrest warrant affidavit in the new case is sealed, so no other details were available Friday. Brown declined to comment further. The allegations against Adamson were so new that her name didn’t appear on Raaum’s Friday docket with other newly arrested defendants.

Raaum set Adamson’s bond at $1 million. Coupled with her murder case, she is being held on a total of $1.25 million bond.

Adamson is accused of fatally stabbing 20-year-old Ramon Sandoval on Jan. 15 near the Monument Ridge Townhomes, 2680 B 1/2 Road.

According to court records and court testimony, Adamson grew upset after thinking Sandoval, who had been invited over to the women’s apartment by Adamson’s girlfriend, was flirting with her girlfriend.

Adamson admitted grabbing a knife from the kitchen and stabbing Sandoval. He suffered a 4 1/4-inch wound to his chest and died at the scene.

Prosecutors are expected to file new charges against her June 22.


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