Steamboat man accused of 1st-degree assault denied lower bond
Wiggins to discuss police staffing issues
March 24, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Routt County Judge James Garrecht on Wednesday refused to lower the bond for a Steamboat Springs man accused of first-degree assault against his wife.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle successfully argued that William "Billy" Gustav Klett, if released, posed a risk to himself and his wife and that his bond should remain at $500,000.
"She is still very scared of her husband, especially given what happened," Prindle told Garrecht.
Klett's attorney, Routt County Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann, argued that Klett was not a flight risk and that his bond should be lowered to better reflect the charges he faces.
The most serious charge filed against Klett is first-degree assault, a Class 3 felony.
A preliminary hearing for Klett has been scheduled for April 1. If Garrecht thinks the case should move forward, it likely will be moved to District Court.
Other court happenings
■ Jamison Fjoser, 36, remains in custody at Routt County Jail on a $2 million bond. During an appearance in court Wednesday, Fjoser told Garrecht that he has been talking to his father about hiring a Denver attorney.
"The two he interviewed he didn't find to his liking," Fjoser said. "He was hoping for at least a week. He was saying this is not a decision he would take lightly."
The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Fjoser on March 10, and he was transferred to Routt County on Friday. He was wanted by local police after a suspected meth lab was raided in the Hayden home that Fjoser rented. Last month the District Attorney's Office filed 12 charges against Fjoser.
■ A preliminary hearing in the case against 23-year-old Rodney Williams was canceled Wednesday. His case is being moved to District Court, where he's scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. April 13.
Police contend that at about 2 a.m. Jan. 20, Williams tried to flee from police in his truck on the west side of Steamboat. Williams then jumped out of the truck and ran. Police caught up with Williams, who they say resisted arrest and attempted to take one of the officer's guns.
Williams is out on bond and has been living on the Front Range, said Uhlmann, his attorney.
■ Kim Dallett Murrah, a 45-year-old Steamboat Springs woman charged with felony criminal mischief, is next due in court March 30 for a plea hearing. Her case was continued Tuesday. Police say Murrah has admitted to burning $6,000 to $7,000 of her employer's money in February. Murrah had worked at Southside Station, 905 Weiss Drive, for several years and became disgruntled, police said.