Trial continues for Brian Cohee II

Cohee is accused of murdering and dismembering a homeless man
The trial continues for Brian Cohee, a man accused of murdering and dismembering a 69-year-old homeless man almost two years ago.
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 5:14 PM MST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2023 at 5:15 PM MST
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The trial continues today for Brian Cohee. Accused of murdering and dismembering 69-year-old Warren Barnes almost 2 years ago. District attorney Dan Rubinstein says the trial will largely be focused on Cohee’s mental state, and not whether he was the one who committed the crime.

I sat in the back of the court room today observing horrified faces and tears as prosecutors went into detail about the case.

The mother of the defendant was called to the stand first for questioning. Between the months of November and December of 2020, Cohee’s mother described finding a black backpack equipped with zip ties, a hammer, duck tape, and pliers.

She also spoke of Cohee’s bright mind, he was interested in astrophysics from a young age, until his focus shifted to crime scene investigation. His mother says his autism is the reason for his hyper-fixations.

We heard from law enforcement that responded to the 911 call on March 1, 2021. Patrol Officer Trejo’s body cam footage was shown in court, showing body parts left inside the home.

The defense is arguing a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

The defendant’s mother said Cohee was “Lighter than what he had been over the last few month,” the day after the murder.

We will keep you updated with more details as the trial progresses.