Hearing expected to be short

Teen charged in Pogline death

The main suspect in the shooting death of James Pogline of Craig is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in district court Wednesda. The hearing will have tight security, according to police.

Hugo A. Silva-Larios, 17, has been held in the Moffat County Jail on a $1 million bond since Dec. 4. He faces felony charges of second-degree murder and possession of a dangerous weapon. Because Silva-Larios is charged with possessing a sawed-off rifle, he also may face a sentence-enhancing charge that could add more years to a prison sentence if he's convicted.

Pogline died Oct. 23 after getting shot in the head the evening of Oct. 22 at Timberglen Apartments.

A judge should determine after Wednesday's preliminary hearing whether there is probable cause for the case to move forward.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitch said prosecutors will call a few law enforcement officials to the stand.

"It will be an abbreviated hearing," she said.

Police have said getting information from witnesses and others involved in the case has been difficult.

"It's like squeezing blood from a turnip," said Lt. John Forgay of the Craig Police Department.

It also is difficult for officials to tell whether some people who are subpoenaed will testify. Witnesses or alleged victims failed to testify in some criminal cases in which James Pogline and his brother, Steven Pogline, were defendants.

Fitch said it's not too late for people who have information in the Pogline shooting death to come forward.

Silva-Larios has been housed away from the general population of inmates at the jail because of his juvenile status.

Jail Administrator Dean Herndon said Silva-Larios gets two hours a day outside of his jail cell, during which time the rest of the jail's inmate population is locked down.

"In a case like this where somebody is accused of a major crime, we have to tighten up security," Herndon said.

The Pogline brothers also were housed in the jail at different times. But, Herndon said, there hasn't been any flare-ups among inmates because of Silva-Larios' presence.

"There are still some people who are in jail that were friends of the Poglines, but I don't know who is for or against them," he said.

Herndon expected that Silva-Larios would be escorted to court with two or three deputies to ensure the juvenile's safety.

"He's not a management problem," Herndon said of Silva-Larios.

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or ahatten@craigdailypress.com.

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