No ruling on motion in trooper shooting case

District Judge Richard Gurley this morning said he needs more time to consider a motion challenging indictments against a Colorado State Patrol trooper stemming from the fatal shooting of a Redlands man.

A motion challenging an indictment against State Trooper Ivan “Gene” Lawyer has been pending since Jan. 11. Gurley this morning said he should finish his review of the grand jury’s transcripts in the next two weeks prior to issuing a ruling.

Both Lawyer and State Patrol Cpl. Kirk Firko are scheduled to return to court April 28.

A Denver attorney representing Lawyer argued in the motion there’s no probable cause supporting six charges, which were lodged by a Mesa County grand jury against Lawyer in the July 2010 shooting death of 31-year-old Jason Alan Kemp.

Kemp, who was unarmed in the doorway of 103 Glade Park Road, unit B, was fatally shot by Lawyer, who along with Firko, had repeatedly kicked and pounded at the front door of the home in what started out as an investigation over a traffic accident in which Kemp was the suspected driver, according to the grand jury’s indictment.




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