January 7, 2009
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez.
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Attorney says more discovery time is needed before trial
The criminal case against one of the men charged in connection with the January fight that led to the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez was delayed Wednesday after the man's Steamboat Springs attorney, Charles Feldmann, said more time was needed for discovery.
Police also were looking for more severe charges in Lopez case
The sister of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez, along with police officers involved in the investigation of Lopez's death, said they would have liked to have seen more severe charges filed against the two Miami brothers accused of playing a role in his death.
David and Eduardo Capote appear in court via videoconference
Arrest warrant reveals detailed information about Jan. 2 fight that led to soldier's death. Eduardo and David Capote appeared in Routt County Court on Monday and have been allowed to return to Miami until their next court date.
Oldham could determine next week whether to file charges related to fatal altercation
Routt County District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said she is reviewing audio interviews and documents related to the Jan. 5 death of Richard Lopez, and she expects to make a decision about filing criminal charges against two suspects next week.
Fatal Jan. 2 altercation did not take place in bar
Steamboat Springs police officials say evidence in the investigation of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez's death indicates The Tap House Sports Grill acted appropriately in trying to defuse the argument that ultimately led to a deadly physical altercation later that night.
Attorney says 2 suspects were not aggressors in downtown fight
The attorney for two men considered suspects in the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez said Wednesday that Lopez and his friends were the aggressors in the fatal confrontation earlier this month.
Attorney says two suspects were not aggressors in fatal downtown fight
The attorney for two suspects in the death of Richard Lopez, an Army Special Forces soldier, said Lopez and his friends were the aggressors in the fatal confrontation. Charles Feldmann identified the two suspects as only "Eddie" and "David," two Florida brothers in their early 20s. The two men were unaware Lopez had been injured when they took off running from the fight and left downtown in a taxi with their wife and girlfriend, Feldmann said.
Witnesses still sought after fatal downtown altercation
As Steamboat Springs police and 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office investigators continue to track down witnesses of an altercation that led to the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez, attention is being given to the legal differences among the various charges the suspects in the case ultimately could face.
Lopez's death still under investigation
Steamboat Springs police are searching for what Capt. Joel Rae called a "a key witness" in the ongoing investigation into the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez. Lopez died Monday of severe head trauma at a Denver hospital. His injuries stemmed from a fight just after midnight Jan. 2 at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue after he and two friends argued with two unidentified men at The Tap House about song choices on the jukebox.
Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez died Monday from "severe cranial and cerebral trauma," according to autopsy results. Steamboat Springs police said the suspects in his alleged assault may not face murder charges.