Plea deal sought for Arizona escapee
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Attorneys anticipate reaching a plea deal within two weeks in the case of a man accused of shooting at a Rifle police car after escaping from an Arizona prison.
A judge Tuesday decided not to release the car to the department in the meantime, in case Daniel Renwick’s defense team needs to do any final evidence tests on it.
Renwick, 37, and two others escaped from prison July 30, authorities say. Renwick was arrested Aug. 1 in Rifle. The other escapees were apprehended later in other states.
Renwick was accused of firing a bullet that hit a car being driven by one of several pursuing officers and faces first-degree attempted-murder charges. No one was injured in the incident.
He remains in Garfield County Jail on a no-bond hold in connection with charges of being a fugitive. His bond is $2.5 million on the attempted murder and other charges.
He was serving consecutive 22-year sentences in Arizona for two murders.
Anne Norrdin, a deputy district attorney for the 9th Judicial District, on Tuesday renewed the request of prosecutors for release of the police vehicle.
“The police department desperately needs their police car back in service,” Norrdin said.
But deputy public defender Sara Steele said if settlement negotiations were to fall through, further investigation of the car by a defense expert might be necessary.
“It is very integral to Mr. Renwick’s case,” Steele said.
Senior District Court Judge Thomas Ossola said because of the nature of the charges against Renwick, he would not order the release of the vehicle while attempts to finalize a plea bargain continue. Renwick is due back in court March 22.