Craig man remains in custody awaiting preliminary hearing in November
CRAIG — A preliminary hearing has been set for a Craig man who is facing charges of attempted homicide and arson.
Jonathan Alexzander Waugh, 36, was arrested on suspicion of multiple felony charges, including attempted first-degree murder, after his aunt — Susan Reeves, also of Craig — accused her nephew of attempting to kill her.
Waugh allegedly assaulted his aunt, leaving her unconscious in a burning home June 21.
He was suspected of starting a fire in the mobile home they shared before fleeing the scene, resulting in a manhunt that lasted about five hours. He was arrested after allegedly causing damage to the garage of another Craig man’s home.
According to the arrest affidavit, Waugh was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, two counts of second-degree assault, felony criminal mischief, second-degree burglary, and attempted first-degree assault.
All the charges are felonies.
Waugh appeared from the Moffat County Jail via video conference for a review hearing before Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.
His lawyer — Public Defender Kate Bush — requested, for reasons not disclosed publically, that the date for a three-hour preliminary hearing be set as far out as the court would allow.
After consultation of calendars, all parties agreed that Waugh will appear in person before the court for a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Nov, 19.
Reeves was in the courtroom and expressed dismay at the delay. After the proceedings, she said she has been able to repair most of the damage and move back into her home after spending weeks living with family members.
She also expressed gratitude for all the support she has received from the community.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.
Friday marked one year since the Silver Creek Fire sparked northwest of Kremmling in Routt National Forest and burned more than 20,120 acres, according to data from the Rocky Mountain Incident Coordination Center.