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Trial begins in Moffat County this week for woman involved in officer hostage situation

Trial for woman accused of holding law enforcement officers hostage begins

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 gunpoint in Moffat County a year ago is scheduled to begin trial Monday.

Georgie Hand, 43, has entered a plea of not guilty to the 17 charges brought against her and will be represented by a public defender.

The trial will begin with jury selection at 8:15 a.m. March 28 at Moffat County Courthouse and is scheduled to resume at the same time each day until it is complete.

Hand 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 2015.

After a preliminary hearing on Oct. 21, 2015, District Court Judge Shelley Hill found that there was sufficient evidence to try Hand on all 17 counts brought against her — including two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

According to Hand's arrest affidavit, 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.

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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 is prosecuting Hand on 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.

The Craig Daily Press will be present in the courtroom throughout the entirety of the trial to bring readers the latest updates.

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