Fruita man jailed in wife’s slaying

Tease Image
Photo by Special to the Sentinel

Steven Spiess, from his arrest in April 2014


Mom of 2 shot in face with shotgun;
wounded suspect held on $1M bond

A Fruita man took aim at his wife’s face with a 16-gauge shotgun, at a distance of three feet or less, before turning the weapon on himself in a spiral fueled by alcohol and a fight over money erupting on a Sunday in January, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
His face partially covered by a surgical mask, wearing gloves, a hospital gown and appearing frail when required to walk during a bond hearing broadcast via video feed from the Mesa County Jail, 47-year-old Steven Scott Spiess on Tuesday was ordered held in lieu of $1 million cash on a Fruita Police Department warrant with counts of first-degree murder and misdemeanor prohibited use of a weapon.

Body camera bills
 designed to help 
police-citizen trust

Under a proposed body-camera grant program approved by a House committee Tuesday, police officers can use body cameras to exonerate themselves when someone claims they’ve done something wrong.



  • Video
    Rock Climbing
    032615 climb tease

    Melinda Mawdsley and Rachel Sauer try rock climbing for the first time.

  • Lifestyle
    Easter Traditions
    061615 eggs

    Visit our Easter page for service listings, recipes, and free coloring pages.

  • Article
    We got next
    032715 6th tease

    Sixth-graders aiming to bring glory back to De Beque hoops.

  • Article
    Super Shots
    032715 cave tease

    Featured images of West Slope national conservation areas.

  • Photo Gallery
    Week in Sports
    032315-gdd-CMU-v-NMHU-BB-3-079 tease.jpg

    CMU baseball victory, Schrock goes pro, Micky Dunn track meet.

  • Photo Gallery
    Week’s Best Photos
    032515-2A-gdd-peach-blooms.jpg

    Peach trees blooming, controlled burns, North Avenue improvements.


NEWS »
OPINION »

SPORTS & OUTDOORS »
LIFESTYLE & ENTERTAINMENT »

POLL
What is your favorite spring flower?


Search More Jobs


NIE
Newspapers In Education


COLORADO »
NATION »
  • Coroner: Death of Andrew Getty appears natural or accident

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death at a Hollywood Hills home Tuesday of Andrew Getty, one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, was most likely from natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said.

  • Police: Man, woman found dead after medical office shooting

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man stormed into a medical office building in downtown Fresno and fatally shot the mother of his five children before he killed himself, police in central California said Tuesday.

  • Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers Tuesday to send him a clarification of the state's new religious-freedom law later this week, while Arkansas legislators passed a similar measure, despite criticism that it is a thinly disguised attempt to permit discrimination against gays.

  • A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence urged lawmakers Tuesday to send a bill to his desk by the end of the week to clarify the intent of a new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

  • Defense rests in 1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack.

NIE













THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050; M-F 8:00 - 5:00
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Advertiser Tearsheet
Information

© 2015 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy