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Frank Birgfeld, father of Paige Birgfelf outside the courtroom of the Lester Ralph Jones trial Monday afternoon in the Mesa County Justice Center.

Man suspected of Paige Birgfeld murder facing several felonies

Mesa County District Judge Brian Flynn ruled Monday that Lester Jones should stand trial on all counts in the 2007 death of Grand Junction mother Paige Birgfeld, setting up a jury trial running anywhere from four to eight weeks in 2016.
Largely without expression for most of the day and writing on a legal pad, Jones, 64, was smiling and laughing with attorneys shortly after Flynn announced prosecutors had shown enough during a preliminary hearing to justify charges of felony murder, second-degree murder and kidnapping in Birgfeld’s death.

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