Suspect identified in Frisco motel death; victim's injuries consistent with a fight, coroner says

A preliminary autopsy report issued Tuesday, April 15, by the Summit County Coroner’s Office stated Blake Bostic died of closed head and neck injuries due to blunt force trauma consistent with a fight.

The autopsy was performed Tuesday by forensic pathologist Dr. Ben Galloway. Representatives from the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Frisco Police Department were in attendance, according to a coroner’s office news release.

Bostic, 38, of Summit County, was allegedly involved in a dispute that turned violent at about 2 a.m. Monday, April 14, at the Snowshoe Motel in Frisco. Frisco police officers and Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene, which was initiated as a report of an assault.

Bostic was rushed to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center after the incident. He was pronounced dead at 4:30 a.m.

Frisco police is leading the investigation.

The primary suspect in the case, Charles Sattler, 42, appeared Tuesday in Summit County Court for an advisement of the charges against him in Bostic’s death.

Sattler is in custody in Summit County jail on suspicion of one count each of second-degree murder, a Class 2 felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. Formal charges from the district attorney’s office are pending.

Deputy district attorney John Franks on Tuesday asked the court to set bond at $250,000 given Sattler’s prior criminal history and unknown ties to the Summit County community. Although Franks said Sattler may have been most recently employed by a construction company in Denver, the defendant possesses a valid Michigan driver’s license, making him a flight risk, the prosecutor argued.

Public defender Sommer Spector appeared on behalf of Sattler and filed several motions prior to Tuesday’s hearing, including a motion to limit pretrial publicity. Lake County Judge Jonathan Shamis, who presided over Tuesday’s advisement for Summit County Judge Edward Casias, set a Friday, April 18, deadline for the district attorney’s office to respond to the motion.

Sattler is scheduled to return to court at 3 p.m. Monday, April 28.


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The Summit Daily Updated May 8, 2014 02:59PM Published May 8, 2014 03:04PM Copyright 2014 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.