Summit County Court begins jury selection for Frisco murder trial
Summit County Court officials are selecting a jury for the trial of Charles Lee Sattler, a construction worker and former semi-professional mixed martial arts fighter charged with second-degree murder. Given the trial’s high publicity, the court pulled a larger pool of applicants than usual, with a turnout of 96 potential jurors from the 300 summoned.
The court will whittle down the group to 12 jurors and two alternates by Wednesday, with two weeks allotted for the trial. Judge Karen Romeo said she expects the presentation of evidence to conclude by Wednesday of next week.
Sattler, 43, of Michigan, was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault, after local chef Blake Bostic was killed in a fistfight outside of the Snowshoe Motel in April of 2014. Bostic’s friend, Ryan Stevens, said they met Sattler and Charles Upchurch at Ollie’s Pub & Grub in Frisco. The two returned to Sattler and Upchurch’s room at the Snowshoe Motel to have a drink and smoke.
An argument escalated into a fight in the motel parking lot. Upchurch stated that the fight started between him and Bostic — a claim that matches police reports. During a May, 2015 hearing, Public Defenders Thea Reiff and Stacy Shobe said that Sattler was intervening to aid his friend and acting in self-defense. But Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle argued that statements made by Sattler on his ability in combat — in both interviews and phone calls with his family — reveal Sattler’s awareness of the potential effects of his actions.
“This person has to know the outcome of what they’re doing,” Prindle said. “He’s talking about his perceived ability to do damage with his fists.”
According to an autopsy report, Bostic, age 38, died of closed head and neck injuries due to blunt force trauma. He worked at the Incline Bar & Grill, located at the base of Copper Mountain.
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