Accused man declines plea offer

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A Steamboat Springs man accused of shooting at two excavation workers by the Yampa River turned down a plea offer Monday.

In a pretrial hearing in District Court, Russell Marmon, 45, rejected a plea offer that his attorney, Larry Combs, received Friday from the District Attorney's Office. Combs said Marmon was prepared to go to trail. A 1 1/2-day trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 10.

At the pretrial hearing, Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James said he would call about 11 witnesses to testify in the case. Combs said he had several witnesses, including two experts.

In July, Marmon pleaded innocent to the charge of felony menacing. The charge stems from an April 3 incident in which Marmon allegedly fired two shots at two Miller Excavating employees working behind his home in the Dream Island Mobile Home Community.

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

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

No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred behind a trailer adjacent to Marmon's home.

Police traced Marmon's footprints from the river bank to a nearby trailer and surrounded it. When Marmon saw officers at the door, he voluntarily walked out and officers arrested him, according to police reports.

Officers confiscated a .45-caliber Ruger pistol Marmon was believed to have used in the shooting and two empty casings from his neighbors' trailer and three bullets from Marmon's pocket.

Marmon was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing, prohibited use of a weapon, illegal discharge of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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