Dockstader case headed to jury trial on Sept. 12 |

Dockstader case headed to jury trial on Sept. 12

Amy Hamilton

Defense lawyers haven’t formalized a list of witnesses for the upcoming trial of a former Moffat County High School golf coach charged with having unlawful sexual contact with a student.

Thomas Dockstader, 45, is charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

At a preliminary hearing Tuesday, defense attorney William Schurman said his office has not been able to prepare a witness list for Dockstader.

Schurman’s firm also is handling the defense of Hugo Silva-Larios. Jury selection began this week in Silva-Larios’ murder trial.

Moffat County District Court Judge Michael O’Hara gave the prosecution and defense until Aug. 12 to get their witness lists prepared. Dockstader’s case is set for jury trial on Sept. 12.

The defendant is suspected of having sex with a student nine times and giving her alcohol three times before she turned 18, according to testimony from Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. K.C. Hume last March. Hume also testified that Dockstader twice denied having sexual relations with the girl during a recorded conversation.

On Tuesday, defense attorneys said they haven’t received tapes of that recorded telephone conversation. O’Hara instructed the prosecution to turn over the tapes. Prosecutors said it was an oversight and that the defense would have the tapes by Friday.

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