Plea offer coming to suspect

William Baird charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder

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An 18-year-old Craig man charged with attempting to arrange a "hit" on two people could have a plea offer from the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office before his next court appearance.

The man, William Kurtis Baird, is charged in Moffat County Court with solicitation to commit first-degree murder, a Class 2 felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony.

In custody at Moffat County Jail, Baird appeared by video Tuesday afternoon in County Court. His attorney, public defender Sheryl Uhlmann, appeared by telephone.

During the brief advisement hearing, Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Snow told the court he planned to make a plea offer to Baird by his next scheduled appearance, 11 a.m. Tuesday in County Court.

Snow did not elaborate on specifics of the offer.

The charges against Baird stem from a joint Craig Police Department and All Crimes Enforcement Team investigation.

On Sept. 3, Baird attempted to persuade a 17-year-old to help him shoot and kill two men, a 56-year-old and his 18-year-old son, according to the arrest affidavit.

Baird thought the two men were abusing a female acquaintance of his brother, the affidavit states. The 17-year-old he allegedly attempted to persuade to help him tipped authorities to Baird a day after their conversation.

The suspect allegedly wrote out a "hit list" of the two men he sought to kill, a list of equipment needed and an escape route.

On Tuesday, Uhlmann asked the court to lower Baird's bond a second time, from $50,000. The original $100,000 bond previously had been lowered by the court with the condition that he undergo a mental health evaluation.

Prosecutors objected to the first lower bond request, and Judge Sandra Gardner denied the second.

Baird has not undergone an evaluation, and the judge said she wanted to ensure Baird was "not a risk to himself or others."

Police Department and ACET investigators initially raised the issue of Baird's competency during a September interview with the suspect at the Moffat County Public Safety Center.

After discussing the planned murders, Baird made claims of orchestrating past killings, working as a bounty hunter and knowledge of a "secret military base on top of Black Mountain," authorities reported.

He told investigators his only mental health history involved having attention deficit disorder.

Uhlmann said Tuesday she hoped to "resolve the case quickly," or have it set for a preliminary hearing.

In other court news

• Kelly Grinolds, a Craig man and the former president and sole shareholder of Poznet Solutions or Poznet Recovery Services, is scheduled to appear for the first time today in Moffat County Court.

Grinolds is charged with a single count of theft over $15,000, a class 3 felony. He is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m.

According to the charging document, Grinolds stole money from at least 13 victims. The alleged thefts occurred twice or more within six months, between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2006, according to the complaint.

The Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office is handling the case in a special prosecution, at the request of Bonnie Roesink, 14th Judicial District Attorney.

• A Craig man with an extensive criminal history, and who was sentenced to prison Sept. 30, faces additional Moffat County charges and is scheduled for a November court date.

Steve Tamlin, 41, pleaded guilty to felony menacing, a Class 5 felony. He was sentenced to serve three years in the Department of Corrections and pay $623 in fines and costs.

However, his legal troubles don't end there.

While free awaiting sentencing, Tamlin was taken into custody in mid-September. His arrest stemmed from a domestic dispute at a Craig home.

He is charged in County Court with possession of a weapon by a previous offender, violating bail bonds, both felonies, misdemeanor counts of child abuse and criminal mischief, and traffic infractions of driving under restraint and eluding a police officer.

Tamlin is scheduled to appear by phone at 11 a.m. Nov. 4 in County Court.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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