WALSENBURG- Huerfano/ La Animas District Attorney Frank Ruybalid has until Monday, August 22 to decide what the “Dougherty Gang” will be charged with, according to spokesman Bob Kreiman. They are accused of crimes in three states and were ordered held on a $1.2 million bail each by a Pueblo County judge last Thursday. They will appear before District Judge Claude Appel in Walsenburg via video hearing from the Pueblo jail.
It is expected the trial for Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21; Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26; and Lee Grace Dougherty, 29, will be held here in Huerfano County, as opposed to Pueblo, Trinidad, Florida or Georgia, where the three began their crime spree.
Ruybalid said he met with prosecutors from Pueblo last week and the FBI and representatives from law enforcement agencies from other states, to decide which would charge the Doughertys first. The siblings were also likely to face attempted murder charges, authorities have said, they are also looking at first-degree assault of a peace officer.
They were caught when they crashed their vehicle just outside Walsenburg last Wednesday, after a spectacular car chase which began in Pueblo. Lee Dougherty was shot in the leg after the car had wrecked and she allegedly pointed a machine pistol at Walsenburg Police Chief James Chamberlain before he shot her.
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