Montrose Murder Suspects Will Not Be Charged With Hate Crimes

Two Montrose men accused in the July 30th murder of an openly gay man waived their right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Jason Fiske and Adam Hernandez are accused of killing 36–year–old Kevin Hale and leaving his body in a Montrose city park. Fiske is charged with premeditated murder in the strangulation death of hale.

Adam Hernandez was in Buckley Park on the night of the murder with Hale and Fiske when Hernandez reportedly got into a scuffle with the victim. During the altercation in the park Fiske says he tried to restrain Hale with a choke hold. Fiske told police the fight may have occurred after Hernandez twice accused Hale of trying to molest him.

Despite the urgings of pro–gay groups, District Attorney Thomas Raynes says he will not file additional charges related to hate crimes in the case.

Hale's body was found lying in a grassy area of Buckley Park, which is north of the downtown area of Montrose. In a preliminary hearing the prosecutor presented evidence that a crime had been committed and there is cause to believe the accused did the crime.

Fiske and Hernandez are next scheduled for a court appearance next month . Fiske will be advised and possibly arraigned on that date. At the same time Hernandez will be present for an as–yet undetermined hearing.

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