Suspect in Craig assault case faces additional charges |

Suspect in Craig assault case faces additional charges

Patrick Kelly

The Craig man who was arrested for allegedly beating another man severely enough to cause life-threatening injuries will face additional criminal charges, court documents reveal.

Joshua Benjamin Flaharty, 28, will now face a charge of attempted first-degree murder along with the initial charge of first-degree assault for his suspected role in an assault on June 25.

The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed the motion to amend charges Thursday afternoon.

Flaherty is still in custody at Moffat County Jail with bond set at $50,000. His next court appearance is 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The victim of the assault, Jeff Severson, 42, remains in fair condition at St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction, according to hospital staff.

As defined by the American Hospital Association, fair condition means “vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.”

According the arrest affidavit for Flaharty, police received a call that there was a 40-year-old man who looked like he had suffered blunt force trauma at Lamplighter Estates. The reporting party said the man was bleeding from his nose and mouth and screaming when touched.

On the scene, police found Severson laying on his side in Flaharty’s living room with extensive injuries and in obvious pain.

According to the physician’s report referenced in the arrest affidavit, “injuries to Severson involve a substantial risk of death, a substantial risk of serious permanent disfigurement, a protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part or organ of the body…”

Severson suffered “severe traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures and facial fractures” and police believe Flaharty used some type of weapon to cause the injuries, the affidavit stated.

Because of the believed use of a weapon to inflict the injuries, Flaharty was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault at the scene. Upon further investigation by the district attorney’s office, the charge of attempted first degree-murder was added.

Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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