Domestic violence case goes to trial

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Testimony that 42-year-old Lyle "Kim" Olsen dragged his girlfriend into his apartment, held a gun to her head and threatened to kill her was enough for Moffat County Court Judge Mary Lynne James to rule Wednesday there was enough evidence to take the case to trial.

Olsen has been charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree kidnapping and menacing -- all felonies -- after a June 16 incident dispatch to police as a domestic violence incident.

Officer Sue Burns arrived at the scene to find the victim sitting on one end of Olsen's couch and a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun at the other.

She testified that when she got to the door, she could hear a woman screaming, "Don't shoot me, don't kill me. I didn't do anything to you."

The victim testified Wed--nesday that Olsen repeatedly said he was going to kill her and himself and that he held the gun to her head and pulled the trigger.

The weapon was cocked, but not loaded. Officers found its magazine on a nearby computer desk.

The victim also said that Olsen had hit her at least 20 times and tried to strangle her. When the gun didn't fire, she said, he pulled out a pocket knife and threatened to kill her before killing himself.

Olsen has an eye injury that is the result of a previous suicide attempt.

Burns testified that the victim had bruises around her neck that appeared to be caused by finger prints.

Public defender Sheryl Uhlmann, Olsen's attorney, had a line of questioning that seemed to indicate Olsen's actions were in self-defense. At one point Uhlmann questioned Burns about whether Olsen had bite marks. Burns said she'd heard that from another officer at the scene, but did not see it herself.

The victim said Wednesday that she had been drinking before arriving at Olsen's. The two had been at a local bar earlier that evening and Olsen's girlfriend said he was angry at her for having a conversation with her ex-boyfriend.

James also ruled that Olsen's bond would remain at $50,000. Uhlmann requested it be reduced to not more than $20,000. Assistant District Attorney Amy Fitch argued that the crime Olsen is accused of committing is too serious to warrant a reduced bond and that she was afraid for the victim's safety.

"This is a very scary situation," she said. "This is a very serious incident and I am concerned about (the victim's) safety."

James said she might consider another request if it were accompanied by a psychological assessment and if a relative signed off on the bond.

Olsen will be back in court Aug. 22 to re-address his bond and for his arraignment.

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