Steamboat man suspected of attacking wife avoids attempted murder charge
Klett charged with 1st-degree assault
March 17, 2011
Steamboat Springs — The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office has filed charges against a man arrested March 3 after an incident with his wife.
The District Attorney's Office chose not to file an attempted murder charge against Steamboat Springs resident William "Billy" Gustav Klett, 44. Instead, the most serious charge is first-degree assault, a Class 3 felony. The other three felony charges filed against Klett are second-degree assault, vehicular eluding and violation of bail bond conditions.
Klett was in custody when he appeared in Routt County Court on Wednesday before Judge James Garrecht. Klett is being represented by Routt County public defender Sheryl Uhlmann.
He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, but Uhlmann on Wednesday said the bail should be lowered to reflect the less serious charges that were filed. A bond reduction hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Steamboat police said that on March 3, Klett got into an argument with his wife, whom he was not supposed to see because of a protection order. Klett would not let his wife leave the bedroom, police reported, and at one point, she opened a bedroom window and yelled for help. She was kept in the room for about 30 minutes but escaped when Klett got distracted, according to police. An arrest affidavit stated that Klett followed his wife downstairs, knocked her down and "repeatedly smashed her face and head into the ground." Klett also choked his wife and told her multiple times, "I'm going to kill you," the affidavit states.
When confronted by police at his home on Robert E. Lee Lane, Klett fled in his car and was later captured, police said. His wife was treated for her injuries, which included a fracture to her face, at Yampa Valley Medical Center and was then released.
In addition to the bond reduction hearing, a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 1.
Other court happenings
■ Matthew Justin Jakeway, 30, of Denver, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault Wednesday for throwing a dinner plate at a Routt County Sheriff's Office detention deputy Feb. 9.
Jakeway was taken to the jail initially after being arrested Feb. 8 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. As part of a plea deal, Jakeway pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired. Jakeway also pleaded guilty to criminal mischief, which he was charged with for breaking the glass window in his cell door.
Jakeway's attorney said that Jakeway was apologetic for the incident at the jail and that it was likely the result of a mental condition that he is now being treated for. The jailer was not injured, and Jakeway has agreed to pay for the broken window.
Jakeway will be on supervised probation for one year and will have to complete 48 hours of public service.
■ Katina "Kati" Marie More, 38, also appeared in Routt County Court on Wednesday. The District Attorney's office has filed a charge of felony theft against her. She was arrested March 9 by Steamboat police, who say she stole $25,000 in cash from her ex-boyfriend. More is free on bail and was represented by Steamboat lawyer Larry Combs. She is next due in court at 2 p.m. April 27.
■ Kayla Dawn Barker, the woman who police say stole nearly $70,000 from her employer in 2009, will next appear in District Court on April 14. Steamboat Springs lawyer Drew Johnroe represented Barker during a hearing March 9 in Routt County Court. Johnroe said he still is sorting through the case and asked that it be sent to District Court.
■ Kim Dallett Murrah, a 45-year-old Steamboat Springs woman arrested Feb. 9 on suspicion of theft, is next due in court March 23 for a plea hearing. Police say Murrah has admitted to burning $6,000 to $7,000 of her employer's money. Murrah had worked at Southside Station, 905 Weiss Drive, for several years and became disgruntled, police said.
— To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or e-mail mstensland@SteamboatToday.com