Frisco homicide case could end soon with plea deal
July 30, 2014
A deal is pending for Charles Lee Sattler, the suspect in the April death of local chef Blake Bostic at the Snowshoe Motel in Frisco.
Deputy district attorney Rusty Prindle declined to comment about the specifics of the plea bargain, as negotiations are ongoing.
Sattler, 42, a construction worker and amateur boxer, appeared Monday, July 28, in custody before district judge Karen Romeo for a status conference. About a dozen of Bostic's friends and family members also attended the hearing.
Public defender Stacy Shobe appeared with Sattler on behalf of colleague Sommer Spector, who was absent. Shobe asked the court to continue the case to provide Sattler time to consider the offer from the district attorney's office.
"Given the current situation, I don't think two weeks is unreasonable," Prindle said. "I would ask if we do not reach a plea, that we set the case for trial at that time."
Sattler is scheduled to return to district court at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, for a disposition hearing.
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Sattler is charged with one count each of second-degree murder and first-degree assault stemming from a fight during the early morning hours of April 14 at the Snowshoe Motel. Sattler and a friend, Charles Upchurch, met Bostic and one of his friends, Ryan Stevens, at Ollie's Pub in Frisco. After the bar closed, the four men went to Sattler and Upchurch's room at the motel to have a drink and smoke marijuana, according to court records.
Shortly after arriving at the Snowshoe Motel an argument broke out, allegedly over homemade hot sauce Bostic, a chef at Incline Bar & Grill located at the base of Copper Mountain Resort, was trying to sell to Sattler and Upchurch. The argument escalated into a fight, which moved outside to the rear parking lot of the motel.
Sattler was seen holding Bostic up by the shirt collar and punching him repeatedly in the face, according to reports from unidentified eyewitnesses. Bostic's body was limp and his arms were at his sides, according to records.
First responders performed CPR for about 40 minutes at the scene of the alleged crime, according to records, before Bostic was rushed to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at 3:20 a.m.
Bostic died of closed head and neck injuries due to blunt force trauma consistent with a fight, according to a preliminary autopsy report. He was 38.
Sattler remains in custody on $250,000 bond.
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