Cash pleads not guilty in Steamboat shooting
Robert Cash is scheduled for a 10-day trial in May
December 9, 2010
Steamboat Springs — A Steamboat Springs man accused of shooting his wife before turning the gun on himself pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder during his arraignment Thursday in District Court.
A 10-day trial for Robert Cash has been scheduled for May 16 to 27.
Cash is accused of shooting his wife, Rhonda Cash, in the back of the neck early June 11 at their home on Iris Lane before shooting himself in the chest. Rhonda Cash survived the shooting and reportedly now is living out of the state.
Robert Cash appeared in court before Judge Shelley Hill with his attorney, Routt County Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann. Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham and Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle represented the prosecution.
Cash's lawyer in November said she was in the process of getting evaluations done for Cash to judge whether he was competent to stand trial. That issue was not discussed during Thursday's arraignment.
During the hearing, Cash sat in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank at his side wearing blue jeans and a gray jail-issued sweatshirt. His hair was matted and he had a gray and white beard. He displayed cold-like symptoms, coughing several times.
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Cash's sister Linda Cash Remy sat behind him. She said her brother was doing "terrible … in all aspects." As Robert Cash was wheeled out of the courtroom, he looked at his sister and waved with one of his handcuffed hands. His feet also were shackled.
"We'll be seeing a lot of each other," Uhlmann said to her client as a jailer wheeled him out.
Motions hearings have been scheduled for Jan. 7 and Feb. 17 and 18. A pretrial conference has been scheduled for April 14.
During a preliminary hearing in October in Routt County Court, prosecutors said Cash and his wife had argued the night before the shooting and Rhonda Cash kicked her husband out of the bedroom. Prosecutors said Cash shot his wife with a small-caliber handgun the next morning and then checked on her several times, asking if she was dead yet. During a hospital interview with police, she said she was paralyzed from the shot and held her breath when he was in the room. She said he covered her face with a sheet the final time he was in the room.
Robert Cash reportedly shot himself in the chest when police officers arrived at the home to check on Rhonda Cash. Co-workers had called police when she did not come to work.
While investigating the shootings, police found a series of notes in the Cash home, including one that began with "I just lost it."