Officer’s widow denied bail refund

A judge has refused to order the refund of thousands of dollars in bail money used by a former Grand Junction police officer to get out jail.

District Judge Richard Gurley on Monday denied a request from Michelle Coyne, the widow of 35-year-old Glenn Coyne, seeking the return of $20,000 paid by the officer on a credit card to get out of jail.

Gurley said state law only allows for bail bond refunds if a judge

approves changes to the terms or conditions of a bond, within 10 days of someone walking out of jail.

“This is a situation where the

law doesn’t taste very good, but it is what it is,” Gurley said after denying the request.

Michelle Coyne, who appeared in court Monday represented by an attorney, has 45 days to appeal Gurley’s decision. She didn’t indicate if she will pursue an appeal.

Now a single mother with two children, Michelle Coyne on Oct. 9 had argued that the return of her late husband’s bond premium would “prevent unjust enrichment.”

Dean Hergenrader, of AAA Bail Bonds in Montrose, charged Glenn Coyne a premium of 8 percent of his total $250,000 bond to secure his release from the Mesa County Jail on Oct. 3. Under state law, Hergenrader could have charged the officer up to 15 percent of the bond total.

Coyne on Oct. 1 was fired by the Grand Junction Police Departmetn and arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary and sexual assault, related to an alleged incident at a local woman’s home in late September.

Six days after he walked out jail, Coyne was found dead in an apparent suicide at a hotel room in Golden.


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