Assault case continued until Sept. 22

Defense attorney requests lower bond

The case of a Craig man charged with assaulting an elderly couple was continued Tuesday until 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in Moffat County Court.

James Lee, 31, is charged with first-degree assault, a Class 2 felony, as well as two counts of second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and second-degree burglary, all Class 3 felonies.

Craig Police Department officers arrested Lee at about 2 a.m. Aug. 30 at the home of Howard and Sharon Salman in the 400 block of West Sixth Street.

According to a warrantless arrest affidavit filed by the police department, the officers responded to a 911 call Sharon made to law enforcement officials, and they found Lee standing in the Salman's yard as Sharon yelled to officers that he was the man who assaulted her husband.

Sharon told police Lee came to their home and demanded to be let in because he said it was his home.

When her husband, Howard, went to a front window to see what was going on, Sharon said Lee punched her husband through a screen.

Sharon said Lee then tore out the screen and continued beating her husband while trying to drag him outside.

She said she picked up a walking stick to defend her husband but that Lee took it from her and used it to further beat Howard.

The affidavit states Lee told police he was at the home because a local real estate agent invited him to a party there and that he then pointed to a "for sale" sign with the agent's picture on it in the Salmans' yard.

The affidavit does not mention alcohol or drugs being involved in the incident.

The Salmans' attended Lee's hearing Tuesday, but they did not address the court.

Howard walked with a visible limp and had a black eye.

Lee's public defender, Sheryl Uhlmann, filed a motion last week for the court to reduce his bond or allow him to be released for free through a personal recognizance bond.

Lee is in custody at Moffat County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Judge Sandra Gardner, who heard the proceedings, did not rule on the defense's motion.

She could do so at the Sept. 22 hearing.

Jeremy Snow, deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office, said he plans to oppose reducing Lee's bond, and that he originally asked for a $250,000 bond in the case.

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or cesmith@craigdailypress.com.

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