Update: Fight between Craig Station contract workers leaves 1 man dead, 1 in custody
Craig — One man is dead and another has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following a physical altercation in the alley behind the Trav-O-Tel Motel in Craig early Thursday morning, according to a press release from the Craig Police Department.
At approximately 2:40 a.m., officers received a report that a man was down in the alley near the motel and that CPR was being administered. When officers arrived, they provided medical aid, including the use of a defibrillator, the release said.
The man, 36-year-old Raymond Terrill of Ozark, Missouri, was transported to The Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead.
Justin Blodgett, 26, of Grand Junction, was arrested on one charge of manslaughter and is being held at Moffat County Jail.
The two men were co-workers working on the Craig Station outage, and had been at multiple bars earlier in the evening, according to police Cmdr. Bill Leonard. Officers had responded to a disturbance involving the men at the Popular Bar that night, Leonard said.
“I heard ‘em when they were coming up the alley,” said Roger Albaugh, whose home abuts the alleyway intersection where the fight took place.
Albaugh was in bed, and heard them argue outside his bedroom window for at least half an hour, though he couldn’t make out what was said. He reported hearing three voices, but didn’t hear any sounds of a physical fight, just a thud.
“That’s what I heard is somebody just falling real hard,” Albaugh said. “Next thing I hear is, ‘Get up. Get up, Ray, get up.’”
Albaugh went to call 911 just as officers arrived on scene.
“I’m upset with myself because I didn’t have enough sense to get up and go outside and do something before that happened,” he said.
Blodgett has been arrested twice in Mesa County on charges of second-degree assault, according to his rap sheet from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. In 2010, he was arrested for allegedly stabbing a man in the leg when he refused to give him the shirt he was wearing, according to the Grand Junction Sentinel.
Investigators from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office are assisting the Craig Police Department with the investigation, which is ongoing. A bond hearing for Blodgett had not yet been set as of Thursday afternoon.