Man Turns Himself In for Attempted First Degree Murder

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Brian Curtis Paul , wanted on charges of ateemptedfirst degree murder, turned himself into the Mesa County Sheriff’s office Thursday afternoon.

Curtis surrendered himself to the authorities at 2:50 pm without incident.

The warrant for Paul's arrest was issued after deputies found out he hit another man in the head with a baseball bat.

According to an arrest affidavit Brain Paul spilled motor oil on his pants while working on his motorcycle. Timothy Stapleton, a man who was with Paul at the time started to tease Paul about the stain saying it looked like he wet his pants. That's when Paul allegedly got angry, got the bat, then hit Stapleton in the head. Sheriff's deputies say Paul turning himself in saves a lot man power.

Paul was in court today where he told the judge he acted in self defense. The arrest affidavit also says deputies found the bat Paul used in the crime broken after he fled the scene.

Paul is currently being held in the mesa county jail on a $200,000 bond. Along with first degree attempted murder Paul is also facing menacing charges.

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