Murder victim’s mother urges judge to raise bond for suspects in Breck Main Street beating
BRECKENRIDGE – Jocelan Martell stood at the Summit County Court dais and resolutely told the judge Tuesday how three young men showed no mercy in attacking her son, took away his future and took him away from his family and son.
And when she finished, she gave cold stares to the suspects accused of the second-degree murder of 36-year-old Cody Wieland, and then she left the courtroom.
“The individuals involved showed they cannot act appropriately,” Martell told Judge Edward Casias. “They showed their propensity (to respond violently to a comment). What would happen the next time? They’re not suited to be free.”
Wieland died Nov. 10 from blunt force trauma to the head. Witnesses found the victim bleeding and beaten on Breckenridge’s Main Street early on the morning of Nov. 1. Witnesses said the victim and suspects exchanged heated words in a late-night establishment. After staff told them to leave, three men allegedly attacked Wieland with a military-style helmet and by punching and kicking him.
The suspects, 21-year-olds Michael “Scott” Dietert and Brandon Robbins, and 20-year-old Brian Stockdale, appeared in county court for a bond hearing.
Judge Casias increased the bonds for Dietert and Stockdale from $50,000 to $65,000. He also changed the bond types from cash to surety, meaning only a percentage of the amount and collateral are necessary to secure the full amount from a bail bondsman. Casias reasoned that if the suspects failed to appear in court, the bail bondsman, in addition to law enforcement officers, would be intent on finding them. Casias also ordered Stockdale and Dietert to surrender any passports they might possess.
Robbins is scheduled to appear Dec. 23 for a preliminary hearing in which attorneys will argue the bond issue. Robbins posted the initial $50,000 bond Nov. 4 and remains at his parents’ Breckenridge home under electronic monitoring and random alcohol tests.
Dietert remains in custody at the Summit County Jail. Casias denied Dietert’s attorney’s motion to reduce the bond and request to allow Dietert to fly home to his parents in Texas for Thanksgiving. Casias ordered that, if Dietert is able to post the $65,000 bond, he must remain in Colorado and submit to electronic and alcohol monitoring.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office took Stockdale into custody after the hearing. Stockdale originally posted the $50,000 bond Nov. 13 and was under electronic and alcohol monitoring at his parents’ home in Colorado Springs. He will remain in custody until the $65,000 surety bond is paid.
The three are scheduled to appear Jan. 24 for a pre-trial conference on the murder charge. The trial might pit the testimony of the friends against one another – in arguing against the motion to increase bond, Dietert’s and Stockdale’s attorneys made cases for their clients’ relative innocence.
Daniel Recht, Dietert’s attorney, told Casias that it was Robbins who hit Wieland with the helmet and Stockdale who smashed Wieland’s head into the concrete. Dietert, the attorney said, turned himself in and led officers to find the other two suspects.
Sean Malloy, Stockdale’s attorney, said his client had been in full compliance with authorities since turning himself in to police.
Assistant District Attorney Mark Hurlbert countered the defense attorneys’ arguments, noting that Stockdale was arrested at his Silverthorne apartment and Dietert’s prior Summit County arrests for
second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, driving under the influence, driving under revocation, speeding, driving while ability impaired and possession of drug paraphernalia.
“This is a serious crime,” Hurlbert said. “I think they pose a significant risk to the community being out on bond.”
Judge Casias sealed the arrest warrants for the trio, making the witness reports of the incident unavailable. Hurlbert said the documents were sealed so that an impartial jury could be found and to keep the trial in Summit County.
Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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