Summit County court sets September date for Sattler retrial
After a mistrial last week, the Summit County District Court looked to set a retrial for Charles Sattler at the end of September. During the two-week trial in June, a hung jury was unable to decide a unanimous verdict of “guilty” or “not guilty” for charges of second-degree murder and first-degree assault following the death of local chef Blake Bostic at Frisco’s Snowshoe Motel in 2014.
Sattler’s next trial is set within the three-month window required by Colorado statute for a speedy trial. The proceedings will again span eight days to give the jury enough time for deliberations.
“It appears this is our best shot,” public defender Thea Reiff said of the proposed trial dates. She requested a time to address bond issues in light of the continued wait for a potential verdict.
“The trial and end conclusion for Mr. Sattler has been delayed several months,” she said.
Fifth judicial deputy district attorney Rusty Prindle disagreed, saying that the wait was not the fault of the court. He asked that Sattler’s bond remain at $250,000.
Judge Karen Romeo agreed, adding that it would be the third time addressing bond issues and that there were no new developments in the case.
“I have to agree with Mr. Prindle that it wasn’t anybody’s fault,” Romeo said of the delayed date due to a mistrial.
Jury selection is set for Sept. 23 – 25. The trial itself will begin Monday, Sept.28 and continue until Friday, Oct. 2.
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