$1 million bond set in slaying

State parole hold to ensure suspect will remain in jail

DANIEL STETZEL: Confessed to killing his mother during fight

Mesa County Court Judge Gretchen Larsen on Wednesday set a $1 million cash-only bond for a man charged in the slaying of his mother last month.

The bond may be moot because Daniel Stetzel, 31, currently can’t be released from the Mesa County Jail because of a hold placed on him by state parole authorities.

Stetzel appeared in court Wednesday via video conference from the jail dressed in a red jumpsuit. The color means he’s being held in a maximum security pod. Stetzel said little during the brief hearing, while Public Defender Scott Burrill asked the judge to set a “reasonable” bond.

Kristi Rogers, a sister of slain 54-year-old Kathleen Stetzel, wept quietly during the hearing and declined to speak with a reporter afterward.

Daniel Stetzel was advised of the possible penalties if he’s convicted on a single count of second-degree murder in his mother’s death.

An arrest warrant affidavit filed on Tuesday said Daniel Stetzel confessed to killing his mother during an interview on Monday with Mesa County Sheriff’s Office investigators. Stetzel claimed he was “slapped hard” by his mother when she became upset over him taking a cigarette off a table, as both mother and son were sitting in the living room of her home on the night of July 20, according to the affidavit.

He said he stabbed her with a screwdriver, punched her and finally strangled her with a bed sheet wrapped around her neck, the affidavit said. Stetzel said he wrapped the body in the same bed sheet, drove his mother’s SUV into the desert about four miles away and dumped the body.

A seven-time convicted felon, Stetzel has been jailed since July 28 when he was arrested on the Colorado Riverfront Trail near the Blue Heron boat launch for an escape warrant issued June 26 by state parole. Stetzel also possessed methamphetamine-related items and gave officers a fake name.

He’s expected back in court on the homicide case on Sept. 4.


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