Our View: Couple's safety, peace of mind important

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Craig Editorial Board, July 2009 to September 2009

  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Joshua Roberts, newspaper representative
  • Collin Smith, newspaper representative
  • Kim McMurtrey, community representative
  • Doris Zimmerman, community representative
  • Nancy Hettinger, community representative

A married couple in Craig, ages 65 and 70, was resting Aug. 30 at their home on West Sixth Street, when a 31-year-old man is suspected of attacking them in an unprovoked incident.

The case against James Lee, who is charged with five felonies stemming from the alleged incident, was continued Tuesday afternoon in Moffat County Court.

The case is far from being settled, and it is too early to convict Lee of any crimes - in court, or the court of public opinion.

As of now, he is, as his rights guarantee him, innocent until proven guilty.

However, the Editorial Board was disappointed with a judge's decision to set Lee's bond at $50,000.

As of now, he has not posted bond and remains in custody at the Moffat County Jail.

His attorney, public defender Sheryl Uhlmann, has asked the court to reduce Lee's bond, or release him on his own recognizance. The judge will decide the matter at a later date, possibly Sept. 22.

Lowering his bond, or letting him out of jail, should not happen, the Editorial Board believes. The accusations against him are too serious.

Lee, according to police reports, showed up at the couple's home a stranger and caused significant injuries to the man and his wife. The couple is scared of what might happen if he's released.

It's the couple's wellbeing - and peace of mind - that our justice system should consider paramount, rather than Lee's comfort until his case is resolved.

If he's innocent of the crimes he's charged with committing, the truth will come out in court as the process unfolds.

If not, our system has a duty to protect the elderly couple, and erring on the side of their safety is reasonable.

The Editorial Board hopes the judge thinks the same way when ruling on the defense's motion.

Comments

Lynn 5 years, 3 months ago

I AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS FOR WRITING THIS.

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lance 5 years, 3 months ago

Arrested at the scene covered in the victims blood with his finger prints on the weapon. Thats the evidence, other than being identified by the two victims. The injuries were LIFE THREATENING as described by the doctor that treated them. INNOCENT? Not this time. What rights do the victims have? The right to runaway in fear and be glad they are not dead? Raise his bond like the D.A. suggested. That would be the right thing to do.

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