Family Wants Justice: No Arrests in Beating Case

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

He's known as Jimbo, 40 year old Jim Lord worked two jobs to support his family.

One of those jobs was as a bouncer at Thomas Waldos bar in Paonia. On the night of August 12th, a group of people trying to get into the bar jumped him.

His family says they beat him to the point that he was pronounced dead in the ambulance, but crews were able to revive him on the way to the hospital.

Bill Kendall is Lord's uncle and he says police and the district attorney working on the case aren't doing their job. Kendall says they have plenty of evidence to make an arrest. He says the suspects shouldn't be walking free.

Paonia police confirmed there were several witnesses and statements.

Kendall says Lord's wife is a witness. He says she ran out right after it happened, threw herself over her husband, and screamed "Who did this, who did this!"

Police say other people who saw the beating gave a description of the suspects and vehicle.

Hotchkiss Police say they stopped the vehicle and the suspects, but Paonia Police didn't give orders to arrest them.

The Paonia Police Department turned the case over to the Delta County District Attorney and say they are under a gag order from the D.A.'s Office.

It admitted to 11 News that they are concerned that charges have yet to be filed by the district attorney.

We called the District Attorney's Office and a receptionist said District Attorney Craig Wallace is handling the case. She said he is the only attorney who could comment, but is on vacation for Labor Day.

Bill Kendall is running out of patience. He says the people responsible should be behind bars.

Lord is in intensive care at St. Marys Hospital and is now out of a coma.

Lord's family says he does not have health insurance and they have set up a fund to help pay for medical bills.

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This case is still under investigation, if you have any information call Delta County Crimestoppers at 874-8810.

Today Paonia Police Department told 11 News that it will meet with the district attorney on Tuesday.

11 News will be following the story.

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