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EL JEBEL DOUBLE MURDER TRIAL UNDERWAY

El Jebel—More than two years have passed since an El Jebel man shot and killed his aunt and uncle in their home.  Today, opening arguments were heard in the double-murder trial of Williams Anderson Amaya.   Amaya has pled not guilty by reason of insanity in the July 12th, 2014 shootings, reportedly telling a psychiatrist “Lucifer had to die.”  After interviewing over 200 prospective jurors in Eagle County, a panel was finally seated. Amaya is being charged with two counts of first degree murder for gunning down Eliseo and Mayra Lopez as well as two counts of attempted murder for shooting at the couple’s sons in their beds.  The boys managed to get away.  While the defense says Amaya is a delusional schizophrenic, prosecuting attorneys say he knew what he was doing.

MISSING HIKER SEARCH CONTINUES

Aspen—High winds and snowy conditions have hampered Pitkin County rescue crews in the search for a New Mexico man that is going into it’s second week.  According to reports from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, 49 year old David Cook of Albuquerque was reported overdue last Tuesday.  Officials says the retired Marine with extensive backcountry experience, planned to climb Pyramid Peak last Monday before tackling Maroon and North Maroon Peaks the following day.  Investigators found a receipt in Cook’s car at the Maroon Bells entrance station last Monday morning at 11 o’clock.  An aerial search was attempted on Thursday but was called off due to high winds.  Nature thwarted Saturday’s rescue plans with snow, wind and low visibility.