Fifth Judicial District Judge Karen Romeo ruled Thursday, May 8, to unseal certain records in the investigation into the death of Summit County resident Blake Bostic.
As of Thursday, Charles Sattler, 42, of Michigan, is the primary suspect in the case. He appeared in custody Thursday for a motions hearing in Summit County District Court with Sommer Spector of the Colorado Public Defender’s Office in Dillon.
The Summit Daily News retained attorneys Chris Beall and Tom Kelley, partners with Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz LLP in Denver, to file a motion to have Sattler’s case file unsealed.
On Thursday, Romeo ruled in favor of that motion. Specifically, Romeo ordered the arrest affidavit be made public.
However, Romeo accepted a condition raised by deputy district attorney Rusty Prindle that the names of at least two eyewitnesses to the alleged crime be redacted from the records for their personal safety. The Summit Daily did not dispute that request.
Spector also argued that two additional documents should remain sealed — Sattler’s criminal history and a letter from one of the lead detectives to District Attorney Bruce Brown. Romeo granted those requests as well.
The Summit Daily News has already acquired a copy a Sattler’s criminal history from his home state of Michigan.
Insight into what allegedly happened during the early morning hours of Monday, April 14, are pending as clerks at the Summit County Combined Courts office are currently redacting the records that have been made public.
Bostic, 38, was allegedly involved in a dispute that turned violent at the Snowshoe Motel in Frisco. He was pronounced dead at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center later that morning.
According to a preliminary autopsy report released Tuesday, April 15, by the coroner’s office, Bostic died of closed head and neck injuries due to blunt-force trauma consistent with a fight.
Sattler remains in custody at Summit County jail pending his June 26 bond hearing. The district attorney’s office has requested bond in the amount of $250,000 given Sattler’s unknown ties to the Summit County community.
Sattler is charged in district court with one count each of second-degree murder, a Class 2 felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.