Shooting suspect to face arraignment


— A 33-year-old Yampa man will be arraigned on two felony charges stemming from a December shooting next week in Routt County District Court.

Warren Dean Hillbolt III will enter a plea to charges of first-degree attempted murder and violent crime with the use of a deadly weapon at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in District Judge Richard P. Doucette's courtroom.

Hillbolt was ordered to make the court appearance after a Routt County judge determined there was enough evidence to bound Hillbolt over for trial.

Judge James Garrecht made the determination after a preliminary hearing on Monday.

During the hearing, Garrecht heard arguments from Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann and Hillbolt's attorney, Ron Smith.

Hillbolt faces the charges for allegedly shooting a 24-year-old man the evening of Dec. 2.

According to a court file, Hillbolt allegedly shot Jared Williams at about 8:30 p.m. inside his Yampa trailer, 116400 Colorado 131.

Hillbolt allegedly shot Williams in the right shoulder with a 9mm semiautomatic assault rifle.

An ambulance transported Williams to the Yampa Valley Medical Center after the shooting. He was treated for the wound and released Dec. 3.

Hillbolt surrendered to Routt County Sheriff deputies minutes after the shooting.

Prior to the shooting, Hillbolt, Williams and another man had been drinking at a restaurant in Steamboat Springs. The men worked together. On the way back to Hillbolt's residence, Hillbolt allegedly told Williams he was going to shoot him, the file shows. Once the three men arrived at the trailer, Hillbolt allegedly picked up the rife and shot Williams, the file shows.

A 911 call reported the shooting, and deputies found the victim in a car outside the trailer with the man who witnessed the shooting, the file shows.

Hillbolt is being held in the Routt County Jail on a $50,000 bond.


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