Man faces charges of attempted murder in De Beque shooting

Prosecutors are expected to file attempted first-degree murder charges against a man who allegedly fired a rifle Sunday morning at a man who lives in an RV that is lawfully parked on De Beque School District property.

Kevin Newby was allegedly looking for his estranged daughter, according to an affidavit for his arrest, when he pulled up to the RV and yelled inside that he was looking for "Doug."

The man in the RV yelled back that there was no one in the RV with that name, but he soon saw a man believed to be Newby in a truck pointing a scoped rifle at him.

"(The victim) pulled his head back and just seconds later a bullet went through the window where his head was," Newby's arrest affidavit reads.

A second bullet went through the window on the front of the trailer just above the bed where the man was hiding, according to investigators. No one was injured in the shooting, though.

The man called 911 and described the shooter and the truck when law enforcement arrived a short time later.

A confused Newby was arrested in the truck nearby, and a 7 mm Weatherby rifle was found laying across the truck's front floorboard.

Investigators later discovered that the truck and the rifle were stolen from a Garfield County ranch at which Newby previously had worked.

Mesa County prosecutors said Monday that they expect to charge Newby with the Garfield County burglary as part of their case.

Reached later, the mother of Newby's daughter said that the 10-year-old girl was with her in Missouri "and has always been for most her life."

The woman said Newby has a long criminal history that includes drug abuse and prison time, and he has been estranged from his daughter since she was 6 months old.

Newby was advised Monday on charges including attempted first-degree murder, illegal discharge of a weapon, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, criminal mischief, first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, and violating bail-bond conditions.

A $250,000 cash-only bond was issued in his case and he was ordered back to court on Dec. 12.

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