‘Hell neighbor’ considered for early release
A Mesa County judge will decide if an elderly wheelchair-bound man reportedly in failing health — who one woman Wednesday called a “mental terrorist” responsible for years of harassment in a Grand Junction neighborhood — will be allowed to leave the Mesa County Jail to get medical treatment at Grand Junction’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Earl Lynn Stults, 74, who is currently jailed on a $100,000 cash-only bond, is today unable to walk and has seen his diabetes, among other conditions, worsen over recent months while stuck in jail unable to make his bond, Public Defender Maeve Goodbody told District Judge Brian Flynn.
Goodbody filed a motion, seeking modified bond allowing Stults to be released specifically for treatment at the VA Medical Center. Stults will return to jail after treatment and agree to wear an ankle monitor to track his whereabouts, Goodbody said.
Deputy District Attorney Bo Zeerip did not take a position on the request.
Stults’ potential release doesn’t sit well with his neighbors in the 300 block of McFarland Court.
“He’s a dangerous psychopath and unless there’s a life-threatening condition, there’s not a reason to go to the hospital,” Rhonda Mumby told Flynn, while calling Stults a “mental terrorist” who’s upset McFarland Court neighbors for years.
“My safety would be put in grave danger,” Mumby said.
Stults has been jailed on the sizable bond since his arrest on suspicion of violating a protection order, when he allegedly yelled vulgarities at neighbors on March 28.
Stults has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial in October on charges of stalking and harassment stemming from his arrest in February 2013. Stults was accused of mounting six surveillance cameras, one of them tucked away in a bird feeder, which were peeking into a neighbor’s house.
The cameras, which had night-vision technology, were removed after Stults’ arrest in February 2013.
The arrest happened just four months after Stults was released from the Mesa County Jail, and after he’d served eight months in jail after pleading guilty to felony stalking and violation of a protection order stemming from a 2011 case involving the same neighbors.
One of them said Stults claimed to be a “big-game hunter” with high-powered rifles, capable of killing at “ridiculous distances like 5,000 feet,” an arrest affidavit said.
Neighbors also suggest Stults exaggerates his disability.
“... I go out at 6 a.m. and he’s climbing on a ladder pruning a tree on my property because he thinks it’s blocking too much sunlight,” neighbor Robert Showalter told the judge.
Showalter told Flynn that Stults sought approval through the city of Grand Junction to keep llamas on his property, and also submitted plans to build an electrified fence, in a perceived effort to upset the neighborhood. The fence was rejected by city planners, Showalter said.
Flynn said he will issue a written ruling about Stults’ medical request.