Suspect in teen’s death denied bond

Israel Massingill

The 20-year-old man accused of shooting to death a Whitewater teen just after midnight Saturday has been ordered held without bond.

Israel Jerome Massingill, who was arrested several hours after 17-year-old Kiera Quintana was shot in the head near the City Market on Orchard Mesa, appeared via video conference from the Mesa County Jail Monday afternoon before Judge Craig Henderson for advisement and bond setting.

Massingill is facing charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, felony menacing and domestic violence in connection with the incident, which left Quintana dead and another teenager injured.

Documents detailing police’s investigation into the shooting are sealed pending further investigation, and little is known about how the incident unfolded. Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein on Monday noted, however, that the potential domestic violence charge stemmed from Massingill’s previous intimate relationship with the second 17-year-old girl, who was shot but survived.

Rubinstein asked Massingill be held without bond, and said the 20-year-old can later ask for a bond in writing. He asked that Massingill be restrained from drugs and alcohol, saying there’s “indication” alcohol was involved in the shooting and noting that drugs were found in Massingill’s house when he was arrested.

Public Defender Clinton Knorpp said he would reserve bond argument for a later hearing.

Henderson ordered Massingill remain in custody without bond, and ordered him to have no contact with Quintana’s parents and the 17-year-old girl who survived the attack.

Massingill is due to return to court before Mesa County District Judge Gretchen Larson at 8:30 a.m. July 26.

A crowd of people who appeared to be friends and family members of Quintana packed several rows in Henderson’s courtroom during Massingill’s hearing. While declining an interview Monday, one person said that — contrary to preliminary police reports — Quintana’s family doesn’t believe Kiera Quintana had any acquaintance with either Massingill or the second 17-year-old girl.

While victims of gunshot wounds are often named publicly, The Daily Sentinel is withholding the name of the 17-year-old girl who survived Saturday’s shooting because of her age.


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