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Trial Delayed Again for Man Accused of Attempted Murder in Longmont

December 7, 2018

Shawn Russell

The trial has again been postponed for a man accused of firing a gun at a man in Longmont and then leading police on a manhunt last year.

Shawn Russell, 36, is facing two counts of attempt first-degree murder, two counts of felony menacing, illegal possession of a weapon, aggravated motor vehicle theft, two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

According to court records, the motions hearing and trial in the case have been delayed for a second time.

A jury trial was scheduled to begin Monday after it was continued from Oct. 15. It’s now scheduled for May 20.

According to a police report, Russell fired a gun into the ground , into a car and at a man who was about 15 feet away while visiting a home in the 300 block of Baker Street in January 2017.

Longmont police pursued Russell and an accompanying driver, later identified as Daniel Mitchell, but stopped the chase when the vehicle sped more than 100 mph, drove through a red light, forced oncoming traffic off the road and backed into a patrol car.

The men were found and arrested in Broomfield later that day.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to vehicular eluding on Oct. 27 and was sentenced to 90 days in Boulder County Jail and 90 days on probation.

Police recovered a butane hash oil extraction lab, marijuana, the cutting agent for methamphetamine and a stolen handgun from the vehicle Mitchell was driving.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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