Continuance granted in murder case

Archuleta County Judge Jim Denvir granted Hilario Ernesto Maez II, 29, a continuance in Maez’s preliminary hearing March 4, the proceedings linked to first-degree murder charges Maez faces in the alleged shooting death of 37-year-old Delphin Griego.

Maez’s attorney, Alex Tejada, requested the continuance, stating the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had not yet provided the results of their investigation to the district attorney, and that some of the information in the report, particularly a number of text messages were “absolutely relevant” to the proceedings. The continuance, Tejada said, would allow the defense and prosecution time to review the CBI data.

Denvir rescheduled Maez’s preliminary hearing for 1:30 p.m April 1.

The charges against Maez stem from an incident Jan. 7 at a home on Trujillo Road.

According to Archuleta County Undersheriff and Public Information Officer John Weiss, Archuleta County sheriff deputies were dispatched to the 700 block of Trujillo Road at five minutes before midnight Jan. 7, after dispatchers received a call from an individual asking for immediate help from a deputy.

Soon thereafter, according to Weiss, another call came in with the caller stating there had been a shooting with a fatality.

While en route, Weiss said the deputy called for a detective and emergency medical services. Ultimately, however, the deputy called for the coroner.

According to Weiss, Archuleta County Coroner Carl Macht arrived at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 8, and pronounced Griego dead at the scene.

The deputies, with the assistance of the town police, then went to a residence in the 1200 block of Trujillo Road and arrested Maez on suspicion of homicide.

Griego’s body was taken to Durango for autopsy Jan. 8.

Although details of the shooting remain scant, Archuleta County Coroner Carl Macht provided basic information found in an autopsy report released Wednesday.

According to Macht, Griego died of a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death was deemed homicide. Griego, Macht said, was shot by another individual with a handgun, between 10 p.m. and midnight.

Maez remains in the Archuleta County Jail. He is being held on a $600,00 bond.