Summit County stalking court case reset for June after defendant waives right to a speedy trial
The trial of a Summit County man charged with stalking was rescheduled for June 9 during a hearing in Summit County District Court Thursday, Feb. 13.
Gordon “Scott” Siriano, 47, is charged in district court with two counts of stalking, a Class 4 felony; one count of violation of bail bond conditions, a Class 6 felony; and seven counts of violation of a protection order, a misdemeanor. An eight-day jury trial began Feb. 3, but ended a day later in a mistrial.
Siriano appeared Thursday in district court with his attorney, Dale McPhetres of the public defender’s office. Deputy district attorney Mark Franklin is prosecuting Siriano. The case is being tried before 5th Judicial District Judge Karen Romeo.
According to Colorado law, once a mistrial has been declared, the case must be rescheduled within 90 days to protect a defendant’s right to a speedy trial. However, McPhetres told the court he would be leaving the public defender’s office at the end of the month.
Dana Christiansen, who heads the public defender’s office in Dillon, is taking over Siriano’s case, McPhetres said, and would need more than 90 days to familiarize himself with the case. Siriano therefore waived his right to a speedy trial.
The trial has once again been set for eight days beginning June 9. A status conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. April 17.
Siriano originally faced 20 felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from three separate cases filed between September 2012 and February 2013 in Summit and Eagle counties. Given the similarity of the charges and the fact that they were allegedly perpetrated against the same victim, the court granted a motion to consolidate the cases prior to trial.
Franklin decided at the beginning of the Feb. 3 trial not to pursue half of those charges because they relate to an out-of-town witness who could not make it to Colorado to testify. Franklin could potentially file a motion to have the charges he elected not to pursue reinstated before the new June 9 trial date, but said Thursday he has not yet made that decision.
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