Man suspected of shooting Grammy-winner Marc Cohn waives preliminary hearing |

Man suspected of shooting Grammy-winner Marc Cohn waives preliminary hearing

DENVER ” The man accused of shooting Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn in the head during an attempted carjacking is headed to trial on charges including attempted first-degree murder after waiving a preliminary court hearing Friday.

Joseph Yacteen, 26, is accused of trying to carjack three vehicles in early August after fleeing from police. Cohn, who had a hit with the song “Walking in Memphis” and won the Grammy for best new artist in 1991, was shot in the temple late Aug. 7 when a man fired into his band’s van in a parking garage. Cohn was treated and released from a hospital the next day.

His driver and tour manager, Thomas Dube, was grazed by the bullet and also was treated and released.

Yacteen, who also was charged with second-degree assault, aggravated robbery, two counts of attempted aggravated robbery, 12 counts of menacing and two counts of first-degree criminal trespass, said nothing during his brief appearance in Denver County Court.

During a preliminary hearing, prosecutors try to present enough evidence that somebody committed a crime to prompt a judge to order a trial.

Yacteen’s next court hearing was scheduled for Nov. 29.

His girlfriend, Patricia Vail, was charged with accessory to a crime for allegedly helping Yacteen. She has been released on $50,000 bond; Yacteen remains in custody.

Denver district attorney’s spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough has said Yacteen would face up to 90 years in prison if convicted of all counts.

Summit Daily News, Summit County, Colorado

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