Jun 30, 2020
Suspect In Westminster Road Rage Shooting Gets Two New Charges Two Years After Incident
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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The man accused of killing a 13-year-old boy and wounding three people, including the boy’s mother and younger brother, is now facing a total of 22 charges following a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon. Investigators say Jeremy Webster, 25, shot and killed Vaughn Bigelow, 13, and injured his mother Meghan, 41, and younger brother Asa, 8, after he followed their car into their dentist office’s parking lot following a traffic incident.
In addition to being charged with murder after deliberation, three attempted murder after deliberation charges, and a host of other charges, Webster is also now charged with attempted murder and a violent crime sentence enhancer for allegedly also trying to shoot Cooper Bigelow, Vaughn’s brother, who was 12 at the time of the shooting.
(credit: Bigelow family)
Investigators testified Monday that a witness saw the gunman trying to shoot at Cooper as he was running away to try to get help.
Investigators also testified that at the time of the shooting, that same witness saw the boys “scrambling” and one boy fell and cowered on the ground, and the witness saw the gunman shoot that boy “in the back of the head.”
According to a police affidavit obtained in 2018 by CBS4, after shooting the family members, Webster appeared to make eye contact with a man sitting in his truck in the parking lot with his 9-year-old daughter. Webster walked toward the truck, according to police, “and fired multiple rounds,” several of which struck the man in the arms. He put his truck in reverse and left the parking lot.
One of the detectives who interviewed Webster testified Monday that Webster told investigators “it was a dream,” and “he didn’t know what happened and why.” The detective also said Webster said he saw the incident from a third-party vantage point, but told investigators he used a 9mm Glock handgun in the shooting, and told them where he had stashed it – in a backpack in the trunk of his car. When asked if he had set out to shoot people that day, Webster told detectives “absolutely not,” according to the detective’s testimony.
Jeremy Webster (credit: Westminster Police)
Webster has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to all 22 charges.
The prosecution asked for Webster’s sanity evaluation to be done via a Google video chat platform, but Webster’s defense argued such an important evaluation should be done in person, as it was traditionally done prior to the pandemic.
“The value of doing an examination in-person can’t be lost,” argued Webster’s defense attorney in court Monday. “There are things that can’t be picked up on a video screen… I’m concerned about how my client will be perceived.”
However, the judge ruled that due to the unique circumstances of the pandemic, and in the interest of ensuring a speedy trial, the evaluation will be allowed to be conducted virtually.
The next hearing for Webster will be held on September 1 to review the results of the sanity evaluation.
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Portland Protesters Hit with Federal Charges
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon on Tuesday unveiled federal charges against protesters who allegedly physically assaulted federal law enforcement and vandalized a federal courthouse during ongoing demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd.
NBC 16 reports:
The federal government confirmed Monday night that its agents took seven people into custody outside the federal courthouse between Thursday and early Monday morning. Their charges vary from assault on a federal officer to destruction of federal property and creating a hazard on federal property.
All seven appeared in court Monday.
The U.S. Attorney in Oregon said the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse was badly damaged amid violent unrest that had occurred for 40 consecutive nights. A U.S. Attorney in Oregon said:
U.S. Marshals Service deputies and officers from the Federal Protective Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection working to protect the courthouse have been subjected to threats; aerial fireworks including mortars; high intensity lasers targeting officers’ eyes; thrown rocks, bottles, and balloons filled with paint from demonstrators while performing their duties.
Rowan Olsen, 19, was slapped with the most charges and has pleaded not guilty.
Court papers filed Monday allege Olsen used his body to hold the doors to the courthouse shut to prevent federal officers from coming out to confront demonstrators and caused the glass to shatter. Other protesters then threw fireworks inside the courthouse and at federal officers, starting a small fire in the entryway, according to court papers.
Demonstrators are also accused of shining laser beams in the eyes of federal officers, assaulting officers with a shield and destroying a security camera.
U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said in a statement that U.S. Marshals Service deputies and officers from the Federal Protective Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have all been on duty protecting the courthouse.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.