Blue River man bonds out following Breckenridge hit-and-run case
After a motion was granted to direct file a Breckenridge hit-and-run case into Summit County District Court, 55-year-old Steven James Gravatt appeared in court on Monday, represented by public defender Stacy Shobe.
Gravatt was booked into the Summit County Jail on Sept. 10, following a fatal hit-and-run that resulted in the death of 25-year-old Breckenridge resident Christina Martinez Hernandez at the end of August.
He was charged with failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving death, a class-three felony, arson, a class-four felony, and tampering with physical evidence, a class-six felony, after his burnt-out car was discovered in Denver.
His bond was set as a $15,000 cash surety bond at a court hearing just a week later. He bonded out the same afternoon, with the defense arguing that he would not be a flight risk due to his residence in Blue River and close ties to Summit County.
Shobe requested 45 to 60 days for a potential disposition and noted that Gravatt wished to waive his right to a preliminary hearing within 30 days. However, he still reserves this right and will decide whether or not to have one when he next appears in court.
Fifth Judicial District Judge Karen Romeo said that the District Attorney’s office must call witnesses to establish probable cause if a preliminary hearing is set.
“There is still a fairly intensive ongoing investigation,” deputy district attorney John Franks added. “Typically, you want to have as much of the investigation as possible before a preliminary hearing.”
Gravatt will next appear in court on Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m.
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