Suspects In Montrose Murder Ordered Held Without Bond

Montrose (AP) Two men facing first–degree murder charges for allegedly killing a gay man in Montrose are being held without bond. Twenty–four–year–old Todd Fiske and 21–year–old Adam Hernandez are accused in the death of Kevin Hale.

The body of the 36–year–old Hale was found July 30th at Buckley Park in northern Montrose. An arrest report indicates Fiske admitted grabbed Hale by the neck from behind to break up a fight between Hale and Hernandez, but Hale's family believes he was killed because he was openly gay, saying he'd been harassed and physically threatened in recent months.

Fiske's sister says her brother is innocent, would not hurt a gay person, and that he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Fiske and Hernandez are scheduled to appear in court again
August 18th, and could be granted bail then. Besides first–degree murder, the two also face robbery and other charges.

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