Preliminary hearing set for suspected shooter

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— A preliminary hearing date has been set for the man accused of firing a gun toward three people June 9 outside a downtown Steamboat Springs bar.

Steven Torres still is in custody and appeared Wednesday before Routt County Judge James Garrecht. Torres has appeared in court numerous times, and Routt County Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann consistently has asked for more time to move the case forward. On Wednesday, Garrecht asked Uhlmann about the progress of working out a deal with the Routt County District Attorney’s Office.

“I thought we were closer than we appear to be,” Uhlmann told Garrecht.

The preliminary hearing is now scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 29. The purpose of the hearing is to decide whether there is enough evidence against Torres to warrant a trial.

Torres has been charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder.

According to an arrest affidavit, Torres had been kicked out of The Tap House Sports Grill on Lincoln Avenue when he fired into the bar toward two male bouncers and a woman. No one was hit by the bullet, and Torres quickly was arrested after the incident.

Torres’ bail has been set at $250,000.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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