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Assault hearing continued

BRECKENRIDGE – A dead microphone has forced Summit County District Court to begin anew the proceedings for two men accused in the beating death of a man on Breckenridge’s Main Street on Halloween night.

Monday, the court rescheduled a preliminary hearing for defendants Brandon Robbins and Brian Stockdale. The hearing is set for July 31.

The judge and attorneys had to reschedule the preliminary hearing – originally conducted and completed Jan. 24 – after court officers learned the main witness microphone in the courtroom was off, leaving tape recordings of the proceeding essentially blank.



“We’re basically starting over from scratch,” District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said of the preliminary hearing, which is conducted by the court to determine whether enough evidence is present to continue with the prosecution. “But there’s really no advantage to anybody at this point by having to do it over.”

Robbins, 21, and Stockdale, 20, are charged with second-degree murder in the death of Cody Wieland. The court documents outlining the charges allege Robbins and Stockdale became involved in an argument with Wieland inside a late-night restaurant in the early hours of Nov. 1.



The argument reportedly escalated outside on the sidewalk, and the two men, along with another man, allegedly attacked Wieland.

Michael Scott Dietert, 21, is the third man accused in the assault. Dietert appeared in district court May 19 to discuss a plea agreement.

Dietert has offered to testify against Robbins and Stockdale as the primary aggressors in the attack, in the hopes of avoiding a prison sentence. If Dietert can reach a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office, he will likely face a felony manslaughter charge.

Dietert is scheduled to appear before District Court Judge Terry Ruckriegle again July 28.


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