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Judge orders Zimmerman homicide court records to be unsealed

Matt Stensland

— Judge Shelley Hill on Tuesday ordered that affidavits related to the Edward Zimmerman homicide case be made available to the public.

Hill indicated portions of the affidavits would be redacted, and they would be released Friday.

"Although law enforcement is continuing an investigation, it appears to the court that release of the now-sealed information will not compromise the continuing investigation since it is winding down," Hill wrote in her order. "The court appreciates the parties' concerns about the potential for compromising the jury pool by release of the information, but the issue is truly about when the information is released to the public, not if."

On May 12, Steamboat Today filed a one-sentence request with Hill asking her to unseal affidavits related to the March 5 arrests of Lucas Johnson and his wife, Kristen, on charges of first-degree murder.

During a hearing May 27, District Attorney Brett Barkey and attorneys representing the Johnsons objected to the affidavits being unsealed.

The Routt County Sheriff's Office thinks the Johnsons are responsible for Zimmerman's death. According to the charges, Zimmerman was murdered as part of a marijuana robbery. Zimmerman, who was reported missing Feb. 28, grew medical marijuana in his rural Steamboat Springs home.

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The Johnsons have a three-day preliminary hearing scheduled to begin Aug. 31.

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