Grand Junction High School's Mock Trial team will compete next month in the state tournament, in which teams litigate a first-degree murder case.

The team earned the trip to the tournament on Saturday after taking second place in the regional tournament in Mesa County.

The Glenwood Springs High School A team took top honors and also will compete in the state tournament March 9-10 at the Weld County Courthouse.

In mock-trial competition, teams must be prepared to perform as defense and prosecution attorneys and witnesses in cases that change every year.

This year, the competition focuses on the death of Corey Forsythe, who was married to Bailey Forsythe. Corey died after an argument near the Poudre River.

Bailey claims that Corey came at Bailey with a rock and accidentally fell into the river.

The coroner ruled the death an accident, but when Bailey tried to collect on Corey's insurance policy, the insurance company assigned an investigator who claims that Corey's death was a homicide. The district attorney agreed and charged Bailey with first-degree murder.

Team members include captains Emily Starritt and Alexia Thompson, both seniors and attorneys in the case, and junior Zeron Lawson. Witnesses include Riley Lovato, Katie Fain, Gaege Fink, Kate Hayde, Parker Borszich and Kyla Heley.

It's the first time a high school team from Mesa County has made state since 2004.

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