DA: Woman’s slaying planned
Charges filed against suspects in death of Glenwood mother
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The killing of a Glenwood Springs woman Friday “was planned and premeditated over the course of several days by the defendants’ own admissions,” a prosecutor said in court Tuesday.
Gustavo Olivo-Tellez, 27, was advised by 9th District Court Judge Christopher Seldin that he faces a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting of Blanca Judith Jurado Salas, 28.
She was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds at the Piñon Pines apartments near Glenwood Springs Friday evening. First-degree murder is punishable by life in prison or the death penalty.
Seldin approved prosecutor Matt Barrett’s request that a $2 million cash bond be set for Olivo-Tellez. He is being held in the Garfield County Jail, as is Michelle Castillo, 24, who currently is charged with being an accessory to first-degree murder but may face additional charges later. Accessory to murder carries a presumptive prison range of two to six years, Seldin told Castillo.
Barrett said Castillo drove to Denver and bought the ammunition believed to have been used in the crime. She waited while he went to the apartment and shot Jurado Salas three times at close range, in the face, hand and abdomen, Barrett said. He said Olivo-Tellez killed her while their son was in the residence. The son is almost 3.
Olivo-Tellez then left with the son and he and Castillo went to Veltus Park in Glenwood Springs, where they disposed of the gun believed to have been used, Barrett said. It was recovered Tuesday, as was a box of ammunition, Barrett said. Ninth District Attorney Sherry Caloia said the gun and ammunition were found in the Roaring Fork River. Barrett said a cell phone also was found Tuesday.
Barrett said the couple ditched his car and left Glenwood Springs in hers, and they tried to get a friend to book a hotel room for them under the friend’s name to conceal their whereabouts. The friend refused but they nevertheless got a room, where they spent the night, Barrett said.
They were arrested by the Grand Junction SWAT team in Grand Junction Saturday morning. An arrest warrant affidavit by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said Grand Junction police tracked the couple to the Clarion Inn at 755 Horizon Drive by pinging Castillo’s cell phone.
The pair both denied the murder or even knowing the victim was dead, but Olivo-Tellez later confessed and Castillo acknowledged her role “in a limited fashion,” Barrett said.
The arrest affidavit said investigators initially were tipped off to the murder via a phone call from the mother of the spouse of Olivo-Tellez’s brother. Olivo-Tellez and Castillo allegedly showed up at his sister-in-law’s house in Grand Junction Friday with Olivo-Tellez’s son and recounted the day’s activities, and Olivo-Tellez told his sister-in-law he’d shot Jurado Salas, the affidavit said. The sister-in-law later told an investigator Olivo-Tellez’s son said his mom was “sick” and then looked down to the ground. Olivo-Tellez left his son with his sister-in-law.
Castillo is being held on $100,000 bond. Barrett said she could face additional charges including tampering with evidence and illegally possessing a gun as a convicted felon. Caloia said she has a felony theft conviction.
Olivo-Tellez also will face more charges, Barrett said.
Olivo-Tellez previously had been deported and had a warrant out for his arrest for an alleged domestic violence case in August in which Jurado Salas suffered a bloody nose. An affidavit in that case said she told investigators Olivo-Tellez punched her after the boy said she’d caused a mark on his face, which she said happened to him at preschool.
Seldin appointed Garth McCarty as Olivo-Tellez’s attorney Tuesday after the public defender’s office declined to represent him due to a conflict of interest.