Drugging case going to court

Brothers Steven and James Pogline facing multiple charges

Two Craig brothers charged with second-degree assault and felony menacing in connection with an attack on a woman will be tried in Moffat County District Court.

County Judge Mary Lynne James issued a ruling Thursday binding the case over to district court. The judge presided over a preliminary hearing June 30, but waited until the brothers' were back in court for a preliminary hearing on other charges before she issued her decision.

Steven Pogline, 30, and James Pogline, 32, were arrested in May in connection with an April 9 incident at Columbine Apartments in which a woman told police she was forcibly drugged.

Court documents allege that the Poglines held the alleged victim, Valerie Guevara, and injected her with a drug after she argued with them over "drug business."

Each man is being held on $500,000 bond in the case. Numerous charges have been filed against the brothers who are being held in the Moffat County Jail.

During a preliminary hearing June 30, police officers had to retrieve Guevara though she had been subpoenaed as a witness.

When she was brought to court, Guevara refused to testify.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitch said that was because she was afraid to testify and "terrified" of the Pogline brothers.

Fitch compared the case to a domestic violence case and said that she has prosecuted a number of similar cases. Steven Pogline's attorney, Kristopher Hammond, requested that the case be dismissed because of a lack of evidence. "It's a shame that he has to go forward with a trial on such a weak case," Hammond said Friday. "I wasn't happy about it."

But according to Judge James' ruling, evidence presented in Thursday's separate preliminary hearing was sufficient to bind over the case involving Guevara.

In the other case, the Poglines allegedly threatened to kill and harm another alleged victim during a "gathering."

Judge James wrote, "This kind of behavior appears to be intended to intentionally influence the victim to withhold testimony in the future."

The case goes to trial Aug. 4.

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