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Georgie Hand to face two attempted first-degree murder charges

Patrick Kelly

Georgie Hand enters Moffat County Courthouse the morning of Oct. 21 for the preliminary hearing in a case where she and James Damon allegedly took two law enforcement officers hostage. Damon was shot and killed by a Colorado Parks and Wildlife official on March 9, the day of the incident.

The Mississippi woman accused of holding two law enforcement officers at gun point in Moffat County will be prosecuted on all 17 charges brought against her, including two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Georgie Hand, 43, was arrested after she and James Brent Damon allegedly held Moffat County Sheriff's Deputy Bhrent Shock and Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Manager Nathan Martinez hostage off of U.S. Highway 40 near the Colorado-Utah border in March.

"Due to the nature of her crimes, she was eligible for a preliminary hearing," said Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume. "We engaged in that process and the judge found that there was sufficient evidence to bind all of the charges over to district court."

Hand will be arraigned in district court at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 30.

Of the 17 charges brought against Hand, her attorneys challenged two attempted first-degree murder accusations, a second-degree criminal trespassing charge and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

On Oct 21, Craig Police Department investigator Travis Young and 14th Judicial District investigator Doug Winters offered their testimony at Hand's preliminary hearing. Fourteen Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers from around the state sat in on hearing to show solidarity for their fellow officer.

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"CPW will continue to support District Wildlife Officer Nate Martinez and former Deputy Bhrent Shock throughout the legal process that is still unfolding," CPW Northwest Region spokesman Mike Porras said in a statement. "In addition, both agencies have received the support of both the public and the greater law enforcement community across Colorado, which is greatly appreciated."

After the conclusion of the hearing, Judge Shelley Hill determined that probable cause for prosecution existed on all counts.

"She was a full participant in the events spanning a lengthy period," Hill wrote in her order. "She also knew that she faced a return to jail when the officers discovered the existence of arrest warrants."

According to an arrest affidavit from Winters, Shock and Martinez were investigating a suspicious vehicle when they encountered Damon and Hand.

Damon and Hand disarmed the two officers and held them at gunpoint for a short period. Damon appeared to be preparing to execute the officers when Martinez initiated a struggle to retrieve his gun.

Martinez was able to get his gun and fired a fatal shot to the back of Damon's head.

After the struggle, the two officers disarmed Hand and arrested her.

At the time of the incident, Hand had warrants in Missouri, Utah and Colorado as well as a bad check felony conviction in Mississippi from 2013.

District Attorney Brett Barkey announced Hand's charges on March 12: two counts of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of second-degree kidnapping, four counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of disarming a peace officer, two counts of felony menacing, one count of second-degree trespass-agricultural land and one count of possession of weapon by a previous offender.

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