December hearing set for suspect in shooting death of 13-year-old son

A man accused of shooting his 13-year-old son to death last month was scheduled Wednesday for a late-December preliminary hearing in his case.

Attorneys for Allen Grabe, 51, did not request a bond reduction from Mesa County District Judge Brian Flynn. Grabe is in custody on a $1 million bond.

According to an arrest affidavit, Grabe was seen by his wife entering their son Jacob’s room with a gun on the night of Sept. 11. She then heard multiple gunshots fired, the affidavit said.

Jacob Grabe’s death has been ruled a homicide by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office. The boy, who was an eighth-grader at Grand Mesa Middle School, had a neurobiological disorder similar to autism called Asperger’s syndrome.

After Grabe’s Dec. 31 preliminary hearing, Judge Flynn will determine whether there is probable cause for the case to head to trial.


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