A 34-year-old Grand Junction man faces a first-degree murder charge in relation to the November death of a 9-year-old girl.

The incident occurred Nov. 9, when emergency crews responded to reports of an unresponsive child in the 1000 block of Hill Avenue. The child in question was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a Saturday news release by the Grand Junction Police Department.

Jeffrey Beagley was arrested Friday as a result of a police investigation into the death. Beagley faces a host of charges regarding the death of the child as well as felony charges of attempted sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a child, according to the release.

Beagley is being held in the Mesa County jail.

n Eric Martin, 42, appeared in Mesa County Court on Friday as the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office continues to add charges to Martin’s case, stemming from a string of burglaries committed in the community earlier this year.

On Friday, Martin received his third $25,000 bond from the Mesa County Court this week on several weapons-related charges.

After his arrest in the burglary investigation, search warrants were executed on his truck and home, where weapons were found, according to the arrest affidavit.

Inside his home, 23 firearms were allegedly found, two of which were fully automatic weapons, including a World War II submachine gun stamped with “property of the U.S. Government”

A fully automatic weapon falls under the definition of a “dangerous weapon,” the affidavit said.

Inside his garage, a small cannon was allegedly recovered along with hobby fuse, wadding, gunpowder and a packing rod.

n Aniesha Kennedy, 22, is accused of second-degree assault, domestic violence and reckless driving and received a $2,000 personal recognizance bond on Friday.

The victim and several of his coworkers reported Kennedy struck an ex-boyfriend with her vehicle Tuesday, according to the arrest affidavit. They reported she was going around 20 mph when she hit him.

She reportedly told police she lost her cool and hit him with her car and left the scene, the affidavit said.

She was also charged with child abuse in the incident.

n Carlos Lemus, 27, and Ethan Sandoval, 27, are accused of drug possession and distribution charges and each received $35,000 cash-only bonds from Mesa County Court on Friday.

A vehicle Lemus was driving with Sandoval in the passenger seat was pulled over on Tuesday at around 10 a.m. and three bags full of 42.6 pounds of raw marijuana were found inside, according to the arrest affidavit.

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