Roloff appointed new defense attorney for drug charges

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— Carla Roloff has a new court date and a new attorney.

The All Crimes Enforcement Team, an area taskforce, arrested Roloff in June at her Dinosaur residence. She is charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony.

Law enforcement reported Roloff's arrest stemmed from undercover purchases of methamphetamine. One purchase allegedly occurred at the Moffat County Social Services office in Dinosaur, where Roloff worked, while she was on duty.

Roloff's most recent court date was continued Thursday until 3 p.m. March 5. Jeremy Snow, deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office, requested the continuance so prosecution and defense could work on plea negotiations.

He will be working with a different defense attorney going forward.

Public defender Sheryl Uhlmann filed a motion to withdraw Dec. 12, citing "an irreconcilable conflict involving Ms. Roloff" in court records. The court has appointed attorney William Schurman, who operates a private practice in Steamboat Springs, as alternate defense council.

Uhlmann had an off-the-record, in-camera meeting with Judge Sandra Gardner, Deputy District Attorney Jon Pfeifer and Roloff explaining her reasons on Dec. 17. The public defender declined to comment for this story.

After the closed discussion with other parties, Gardner continued the case to Thursday, when Uhlmann appeared by phone and reiterated her desire to withdraw from the case.

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