AGUILAR — The Aguilar Town Marshal responding, Friday, Sept. 11, to a domestic disturbance call found a man whose throat had been cut by his common-law wife following a conversation by the couple on who could cut a throat. According to Marshal Tracy Bonham, Tammie Cortez said she could do it. She then went into the kitchen to get a knife. “The cut went from the victim’s adams apple to just under his ear, nicking the jugular vein,” Marshal Bonham said. Dickie Coca was taken to St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo on Friday. He was released Saturday after spending the night under observation. Marshal Bonham told the World Journal during a phone interview the couple had been drinking before the incident. “That behavior has been ongoing for several years.” Cortez has been charged with attempted first degree murder, first degree assault, and domestic violence, which will serve as an enhancer to the other charges. The enhancer is a red flag to the courts and could result in an increase of any penalties. It could also result in Cortez not being able to possess a firearm and the issuance of restraining orders stopping any
personal interaction between her and Coca. Bond has been set at $75,000. Cortez will make her first court appearance on in district court in Trinidad Sept. 30, at 9 am.