WALSENBURG — Raymond Nygard, 67, of Gardner, Colo. was granted a $15,000 PR (personal recognizance) bond at a hearing in district court Thursday, July 10. Nygard had been in pre-trial custody for 69 days at the Huerfano County Jail since his arrest May 2 on allegations he threatened to kill his neighbor and on charges of attempted first degree assault and menacing against two sheriff’s deputies who responded to the call at #71 CR 550. Deputy State Public Defender Patrick McCarville asked for the bond reduction under CRS-16-4-105 (8-D), concerning medical issues faced by the defendant. McCarville argued due to Nygard’s incarceration, he had missed a number of medical appointments at three different health care facilities, and was in danger of losing those services. District Court Judge Claude Appel granted the RP bond on conditions Nygard secure another place of residence. Nygard and the victim in the case, Richard Lair, both reside in separate residences on the same property at #71 CR 550. McCarville told the court his client had
another place to stay until the completion of his criminal case. Nygard will be allowed back to his residence one time to pick up clothing and personal items with a law enforcement escort. Other conditions such as restraining orders prohibiting contact with victims in the case and prohibition against possession or purchase of any weapons will stay in place throughout the timeline of the case. The court also ordered the defendant to make sure he keeps all of his medical appointments and is able to show proof of that to the court. Nygard’s next bond return date is set for 11 am, Monday, August 11. Judge Appel advised the defendant to meet all of the conditions of his PR bond or he would wind up back in jail with a cash only bond. In another bond hearing last Thursday, Jared Aguirre, 19, of Walsenburg appeared before the court in custody following his arrest on June 28 on charges that include aggravated DUI, resisting arrest and assault and attempted assault of a peace officer. McCarville said the defendant was being held on a $15,000 c/s (cash or surety bond) and asked the court for a personal recognizance bond. He told the court the assault charges stemmed from his client kicking and resisting WPD Cpl. John Salazar and HCSO Deputy Cody Daniels as he was being taken to the county jail. McCarville said neither officers suffered serious bodily injury, just pain caused by his client. Charges in this case provided by the Walsenburg Police in the weekly blotter report of July 6, 2014 included; DUI/DUID, reckless driving, leaving the scene after striking an unattended vehicle or property, illegal consumption of alcohol, resisting arrest, assault on a peace officer and attempted assault on a peace officer in the 600 block of Russell St. Assistant District Attorney Andrew Hall opposed any bond reduction saying an assault on a deputy inside the jail was the top line charge against Aguirre. Judge Appel did not grant release under personal recognizance, but did lower the defendant’s bond to $1,500 c/s.