Prosecutors and defense teams have been court-approved for a Nov. 29 extension to file charges against a juvenile who is being held in connection with the Oct. 22 shooting death of James Calvin Pogline, a prosecutor said Friday.
"We just need some more time," said Amy Fitch, chief deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District. "The investigation is ongoing."
Hugo Antino Silva-Larios, 16, is being held in the Grand Mesa Division of Youth Corrections on a felony charge of possession of a dangerous weapon.
Officers from the Craig Police Department testified Tuesday that the juvenile admitted to shooting and possessing a sawed-off .22-caliber rifle the night that Pogline, 32, was shot in the head at the Timberglen Apartments. However, the juvenile's defense lawyer, Kristopher Hammond, questioned the validity of the defendant's admission.
A trooper from the Colorado State Patrol pulled over the Chevy S-10 Blazer the juvenile was driving that night and noticed the gun in a cargo area in the back seat. After obtaining a search warrant, the rifle and a handgun were confiscated. Two other passengers were in the vehicle, police said.
Octavio "Alex" Chavez, 20, also was taken into custody Oct. 22 for an outstanding warrant for an armed robbery charge out of Nevada, Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said. He is being held by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, he said.
Chavez and the detained juvenile are cousins, Grinstead said.
Craig Police Lt. John Forgay said the case has generated "massive amounts of evidence" and the investigation may take a long time to complete.
"We are really concentrated on figuring this out," he said.