Lawyers want more time in vehicular homicide case

By MIKE WIGGINS
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Attorneys asked a judge Thursday for more time to allow prosecutors to determine whether they will retry a Fruita man accused of killing a woman in a 2006 car accident.

Mesa County District Judge Richard Gurley declared a mistrial earlier this month in the vehicular homicide case of 28-year-old Jade Huskey after jurors could not reach a verdict.

Prosecutors argued that Huskey was the driver of a Ford Mustang convertible that careened out of control at approximately 140 mph on Interstate 70 late on Feb. 25, 2006. Molly Gomez, 35, was killed when she and Huskey were thrown from the vehicle. Huskey claimed he couldn’t remember the wreck.

Defense experts argued that several broken ribs Gomez sustained were consistent with impact against a vehicle’s steering wheel.

During a brief hearing Thursday, Chief Deputy District Attorney Tammy Eret, Deputy District Attorney Mark Hand, defense attorney Gordon Gallagher and Gurley conducted an off-the-record bench conference. They emerged after a few moments with Gurley continuing Thursday’s hearing until Aug. 18.


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