Trenton Michael Nordby, 29, is facing charges of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and first-degree trespass.
Nordby and his co-defendants are accused of entering a Cañon City man’s home, where one man proceeded to choke him and threaten to kill him while two other individuals took his children.
The other three co-defendants, David Mark Hayes, 46, Marta Danielle Helsel, 24, and Nicholas Griffith Machart-Kline, 23, waived preliminary hearings and are considering plea offers that would entail them pleading guilty to second-degree assault and could face sentences ranging from probation to six years in the Department of Corrections.
The victim in the case, whose name won’t be released because he is a victim of domestic violence, was pummeled, hit, assaulted and strangled during the incident, according to Deputy District Attorney Aaron Pembleton.
“All while saying, ‘I’m going to kill you’ and his wife saying, ‘Kill him,’” Pembleton said. “You have your intent right there of what they were there to do that day. They are not there about the kids, they are there to assault and kill (the victim). Luckily, he was able to scramble through the window and run to his neighbor’s house.”
Public Defender Kyle Nettleblad said his client went to the home to assist in the exchange of children when a scuffle broke. His client then stepped in to break up a fight. He said there was no indication that he ever placed his hands on the victim’s neck or that he encouraged or facilitated the act of strangulation.
“His mere presence there doesn’t indicate complicity,” he said. “His act of assistance of trying to stop that act is the absolute opposite of any sort of complicity.”
Arraignment was set for 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26.
Also on the docket Wednesday, a preliminary hearing was set for James Anthony Walker, 29, who is a former military police officer stationed at Fort Carson. He is accused of sexual assault in a 2019 incident involving an alleged victim under the age of 15.
Charges include unlawful sexual contact, a misdemeanor; sexual assault on a child, a Class-4 felony; sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, a Class-3 felony; violation of a protection order, a misdemeanor; and violation of bail bond conditions, a Class-6 felony.
He is set to go to trial in February for a separate case where he is accused of sexual assault on a child in 2017 after allegedly engaging in “sexting” with a 13-year-old female and then having a sexual relationship with her at the time she was 14.
Walker will appear in court next at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2.