Murder Suspect Bail Reduction Denied

In an attempt to have his bond reduced to 150-thousand dollars, Charles Pruitt's attorney told Judge Thomas Deister this afternoon that people accused of murder have had lower bond than the one–million dollars set for her client.

Pruitt is accused of shooting James Finnegan and leaving him for dead in the desert North of Grand Junction last fall. Pruitt and co-defendant Samuel Lincoln lead law enforcement on a two-week manhunt through the Grand Valley before he turned himself in to authorities. Lincoln was later apprehended in Glenwood Springs.

His attorney pointed out that Pruitt had no part in a car chase in which gunshots were fired at Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies. She also pointed out that Pruitt had lived in the area for years and would not leave the area.

Judge Deister replied that he was already familiar with Pruitt's long history in court and his numerous counts of witness intimidation and failures to appear in previous cases. He has previously been accused of witness intimidation, in one case threatening to kidnap one person and threatening to kill another witness.

Pruitt is facing attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the Finnegan case. The judge called the shooting of Finnegan "cold–blooded and premeditated," and said that James Finnegan had every reason to be fearful for his life. He then denied reduction of bond and left the courtroom after setting a May date for another hearing on a probation violation.