Montrose teen held without bond in fatal stabbing

Montrose District Judge Jeff Herron on Wednesday ordered a 17-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing a man to be held without bond.

Isaac Garcia, who participated in a juvenile detention hearing Wednesday via telephone conference, was ordered to remain at Grand Mesa Youth Detention Center, where he is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder in the slaying of 19-year-old Zachary Culmer.

Seventh Judicial District Attorney Myrl Serra told the judge he hasn’t decided whether Garcia will be prosecuted as an adult. Formal charges in the case are expected to be filed next week. Garcia’s arrest affidavit has been filed under seal.

The Montrose County Sheriff’s Department has said Culmer showed up Sunday morning uninvited at a house party at 14566 Mustang Lane in Montrose, and a fight broke out. Witnesses at the party identified Garcia as Culmer’s attacker, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Culmer suffered fatal stab wounds to the neck.

Dan Shaffer, a Grand Junction-based attorney hired by Garcia’s family, claimed his client acted in self defense, but he declined to elaborate.


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