Judge Says “NO” To GPS Tracking Of Trucker Accused In I-70 Crash
Denver, Colorado – The truck driver facing 40 criminal charges in connection to a fiery fatal crash along I-70 in April was back in court on Friday to make his case why he should not be required to wear a GPS tracking device.
Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos was flanked by his wife Nailan Gonzalez and his attorney, Robert Corry, as he entered the Jefferson County courtroom to argue he was not a flight risk as prosecutors contend.
Before entering the court house though, Corry spoke with a contingent of local media reporters.
“There’s absolutely zero risk of flight in this circumstance,” Corry said.
Corry lashed out calling an ankle monitor a “useless cosmetic shackle” and saying such a measure would be “humiliating” to Mederos.
Further, Corry said Mederos has had plenty of time to flee and hasn’t.
“If he was going to flee he would have fled in the last 11 days he’s been out on bond,” he asserted.
Prosecutors wasted no time in filing a motion on Monday, May 20, asking District Judge Chris Zenisek to order Mederos be required to wear a GPS-enabled ankle monitor.
In the motion prosecutors alleged: “The People’s investigation has revealed that the Defendant attempted to flee the scene of the collision, this was previously unknown at the time of the original bond setting.”
In the hearing on Friday, prosecutors offered evidence for the first time of its allegation Mederos attempted to flee.
The District Attorney contended witnesses from the crash scene told investigators they observed Mederos attempting to make an escape.
Further, the prosecution argued if Mederos is convicted he will face mandatory prison time which makes him even more likely to run.
Judge Zenisek was not convinced and denied the prosecution’s motion.
He pointed to the facts that Mederos has already made numerous court appearances and has no criminal history as compelling reasons not to require tracking.
According to Corry, Mederos has already surrendered his Cuban passport and has no intention of violating the court’s order to remain in Colorado.
However, Corry did say they are considering a motion to allow Mederos to return to Texas, but he indicated there is still much work to be done in preparing their defense.
Mederos is due back in court on July 11 for a preliminary hearing where a judge will decide if enough evidence exists to warrant the mountain of charges against him.
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