Hayden resident's marijuana case again delayed



Timothy Nelson


Cory Anderson

Defendants at a glance

Timothy Barrow Nelson

Age: 36

Hometown: Hayden

Case number: 09CR88

Arresting charges: Cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unaltered dog at large (Routt County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies raided Nelson's home May 23 and seized six marijuana plants, 62.8 grams (2.2 ounces) of dried marijuana and 10 samples of chemicals they found on the property. Nelson claimed in a letter to Routt County Judge James Garrecht that the liquids were "homemade berry wine, octane booster, starting fluid and methanol" for his motorcycle hobby. An analysis from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation later found the chemicals were not hazardous.

Nelson was booked into Routt County Jail on June 16 and bonded out.

Nelson's case was continued Wednesday as Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle needed time to confer with DA Elizabeth Oldham.

Nelson's next appearance is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Cory Anthony Anderson

Age: 20

Hometown: Steamboat Springs

Arresting charges: Burglary, theft (Steamboat Springs Police Department)

Anderson is charged with breaking into the Double Z Bar and Grill and attempting to steal cases of beer. He was arrested on June 30 by police investigators. Anderson pleaded not guilty; a jury trial is scheduled for Nov. 23 in District Court.

For a second time, the case of Timothy Nelson, a Hayden resident accused of growing marijuana at his home, was continued awaiting 14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham's consent.

Deputy DA Rusty Prindle said because the case has received media attention, he wants to discuss a possible settlement with Oldham before approving it. Oldham was working on the murder trial of Terry Hankins in Moffat County and is now reportedly on vacation.

Routt County Judge James Garrecht said during a hearing Wednesday that he is hopeful that by the time Nelson next appears, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, the case will be resolved.

Burglary set for jury

Cory Anderson, 20, accused of burglarizing the Double Z Bar & BBQ, will go before a jury in November. Anderson pleaded not guilty Wednesday, and his case was set for a Nov. 23 trial. Anderson, represented by Larry Combs, also will have a motions hearing in the case on Oct. 2, in preparation for the trial.

According to Anderson's arrest warrant, a restaurant employee interrupted an attempted burglary at 4:40 a.m. June 19. The employee called police, and the person fled. Two cases of beer were on the ground outside the restaurant, but nothing else was taken, and there was no damage to the restaurant.

Officers contacted Anderson the next day on an unrelated call and matched his description with the one given by the Double Z employee, who later picked Anderson out of a lineup, according to the arrest warrant.


freerider 7 years, 8 months ago

See here's the thing with growing your own....it's basically OK in Colorado to buy POT ...anything under an ounce is a slap on the wrist...but if you grow it ... that takes the money out of the system ...well the DEA and FEDS DON'T WANT THAT , they are making billions off it...so really your government wants you to buy POT ...as long as it's their pot your buying....


nurmidst 7 years, 8 months ago

Maybe we could keep serial kidnappers,rapist and murderers in prison if we were not spending law enforcement dollars on prosecuting people for growing a flower! Who ordered the hazmat and testing on the wine and fuel additives trying to make this something bigger than what it was, this is one of the most ridiculous waste of money i have seen does this not piss anyone else off.


14th_to_OAR 7 years, 8 months ago

Note the comment by the young Deputy, because of media attention he needs Ms. Oldham's approval to settle the case. In other words, the exact same case legally is handled differently by Ms. Oldham if media attention is involved.

Not surprising given her mentor was the always media-wary Mark Hurlbert in Summit and Eagle counties. Hard to imagine there was no time to discuss the case with her deputy after the other trial and before her precious taxpayer-funded vacation. Be alert 14th District residents, she cut her teeth on lots of vacation time with her pal Mark.

You've elected a kid with very little prosecutorial experience, maybe thinking as a Republican she'd be tough on crime. Cross her, and she'll be tough on you, I'll guarantee that, but don't count on her maturely distinguishing what should be prosecuted and what shouldn't be. She also has a nasty habit of withholding evidence, and then claiming it was an accident. She works closely with law enforcement, so she likely was in on or is now perpetuating the BS of the hazmat stuff too.


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