Hearing set in fatal stabbing
Amid high security and with courtroom onlookers under threat of arrest, District Judge Brian Flynn on Wednesday scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 12 for a woman charged with murder in a fatal stabbing in January.
Amy Adamson, 19, of Orchard Mesa, wept as she was led from Flynn’s courtroom after the judge scheduled the hearing, which is expected to run two hours.
Preliminary hearings force prosecutors to present at least a portion of their case, and judges decide whether there is enough evidence for the prosecution to move forward.
Adamson is charged with a host of counts in the Jan. 16 death of 20-year-old Ramon Sandoval, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Hand on Feb. 19 filed a motion seeking to add another charge, tampering with a witness. Flynn has not ruled on the motion.
In a scene identical to Adamson’s previous court appearance on Jan. 26, some 10 uniformed or plain-clothed Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies sat in the public gallery Wednesday for the 10-minute hearing.
Citing security reasons, Flynn told onlookers to remain seated during the hearing or face arrest.
Sheriff’s officials have said they stepped up security after receiving information about a possible disturbance during Adamson’s Jan. 26 hearing. The hearing took place without incident.
Roughly 20 friends, family and supporters of Sandoval attended the hearing Wednesday.