Helmick charged with murder

13 other counts also alleged; arrest affivadit due out Monday

Miriam Helmick, center, is advised by her attorneys, Colorado Public Defenders Jody McGuirk, left, and office head, Steve Colvin, Thursday in court. Helmick, 51, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the slaying her husband, Alan Helmick, 62, on June 10 at their Whitewater home.



Whitewater woman Miriam Helmick formally was charged Thursday with first-degree murder.

Prosecutors allege Helmick killed her husband, Alan, in June after a failed attempt on his life in April.

Helmick was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, a crime of violence and 11
counts of forgery in connection with her husband’s death June 10 in their Whitewater home, 34999 Siminoe Road.

Alan Helmick, 62, died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Police allege Miriam Helmick previously attempted to murder her husband in a car fire in Delta.

The forgery charges stem from 11 incidents in which Helmick allegedly attempted to cash checks on her husband’s account in the past year.

An arrest affidavit, which should reveal more details about the case, should be unsealed Monday, Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle said.

Helmick, 51, appeared in custody in court Thursday morning in a red jail suit for the brief hearing. She was accompanied by her attorneys, head Public Defender Steve Colvin and Jody McGuirk.

Colvin told the judge he needed time to review evidence in the case. Colvin waived his client’s right to have a preliminary hearing within 30 days, but reserved the right to have the hearing at a later date. Preliminary hearings determine whether there is probable cause for a case to continue.

Helmick is in the custody of the Mesa County Jail on a $2 million bond.

She returns to court Jan. 29.


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