Griffith trial set to begin Monday

Steamboat Springs man charged with attempted murder, kidnapping

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The trial of a 36-year-old Steamboat Springs man charged with second-degree attempted murder and kidnapping is scheduled to begin Monday.

Todd Griffith was charged with five felony counts and several misdemeanor charges on suspicion of kidnapping and beating a former girlfriend last December.

The felony charges are first-degree burglary, attempted second-degree murder, kidnapping, criminal mischief and second-degree assault.

In previous hearings, Griffith's public defender, Ron Smith, said that Griffith will plead not guilty to the charges.

The jury trial should last four days, with 11 possible witnesses who could be called by the prosecution and 25 witnesses who could be called by the defense.

The prosecution's witnesses include Steamboat Springs police officers and detectives, as well as some residents. Almost all of the defense's witnesses are Steamboat Springs residents.

During the April preliminary hearing, Kelly and Steamboat Springs Officer Damien Baynes described how, on Dec. 16, 2004, Griffith's 43-year-old girlfriend thought he was going to kill her three separate times.

The two allegedly struggled at Griffith's trailer in Dream Island Mobile Home Community. The victim then went to her brother's residence on Fish Creek Falls Road, and Griffith allegedly broke into the residence and beat her up. Finally, Griffith allegedly dragged her more than a mile to his trailer. When police found the victim outside of Griffith's trailer, she was bruised, shoeless, covered in snow and frostbitten, police reports stated.

Griffith's defense attorney argued that the woman used crack cocaine heavily and may have suffered her injuries in other incidents.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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