CANYON CITY – The state last week filed a revised indictment to correct errors in an earlier indictment of Monument-area resident Roy Richard Peterson.
In a hearing Feb. 19 in Grant County Circuit Court, Judge William D. Cramer Jr. allowed the new filing, dated Feb. 18, to supersede the first indictment.
Assistant Attorney General B.J. Park told the court the amended indictment was presented to the same grand jury that issued the first one.
He said the new indictment “cures” several errors in the original filing: the lack of a signature by the state’s attorney, the omission of Grant County as the location in several counts, and an incorrect year on the date-stamped filing date.
Last week’s hearing was set to hear arguments on a demurrer objecting to those and other aspects of the original indictment, filed by D. Zachary Hostetler, Peterson’s defense attorney.
Hostetler said he would file a demurrer on the new indictment this week, and asked the judge to set a new hearing. Cramer scheduled those arguments for March 19.
The indictment charges Peterson with two counts of first-degree aggravated theft, one count of first-degree theft, one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and five counts of making a false statement in a title application.
The case arose out of the years-long effort to form and equip a rural fire district in the Monument area.