Marmon stands trial today

Man is accused in April 3 Dream Island community shooting

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The trial of a Steamboat Springs man accused of firing shots in an incident at Dream Island Mobile Home Community is to begin today.

Russell Marmon, 45, faces two counts of felony menacing, a Class 5 felony.

The charge stems from an April 3 incident in which Marmon is alleged to have fired two shots in the vicinity of Miller Excavating employees working in Dream Island, court documents show.

The counts state that Marmon placed the construction workers, Chad Thompson and Tim Walker, in fear of serious bodily injury by threat of physical action and use of a deadly weapon.

On April 7, Marmon was charged with menacing, reckless endangerment, illegal discharge and improper use of a firearm.

In July, Marmon pleaded innocent to the charge of felony menacing.

On Sept. 29, Marmon turned down a plea offer.

A court report filed by Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Joel Rae states that Marmon stood on the river bank of the Yampa River and pointed a nickel-plated revolver at Walker and fired two shots at the loader Walker was operating.

Police then traced Marmon's footprints from the riverbank to a nearby trailer and surrounded the mobile home, court records show.

Marmon reportedly came out of the trailer. Court records indicate police think Marmon was intoxicated. Marmon had a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes and was stumbling, police said.

Marmon told police, "I don't want them messing up the river" and, "Yeah, I blasted a couple of caps."

In the court report, Rae states Marmon told him that he wanted to scare the loader operator so he would stop working.

The city hired Miller Excavating to place boulders in the riverbed to improve fish habitat and create additional recreation areas for tubers and kayakers.

During a court appearance the day after the shooting, Marmon said he had "too much whiskey" and didn't recall much of the incident.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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