Springs man accused of vigilante killing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- A Colorado Springs man will be tried for first-degree murder in the apparent vigilante slaying of a man accused by a child of sexually assaulting her.

The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/H95NNS) that 27-year-old Otto Pobanz III faces life behind bars if convicted in the June 24 death of William "Billy" Walsh. Walsh was placed shackled into a car and shot to death in a weed-strewn lot.

The attack occurred one day after Walsh's 6-year-old daughter reported that he had molested her.

Also bound over for trial on first-degree murder charges at the hearing Friday was Colton Riley Fuentes. Fuentes is a 17-year-old accused of being present when Walsh was slain.

According to a videotaped statement played in court Friday, Pobanz took responsibility for the crime during a police interrogation.

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