by Bill Knowles
WALSENBURG- Amid tight security, the three Doughertys faced the judge for the first time since their capture two weeks ago.
Dylan Stanley-Dougherty, Lee Grace Dougherty and Ryan Dougherty each entered the courtroom alone to hear the number of counts that had been filed against them in Huerfano County.
Dylan Stanley-Dougherty faces 23 counts including five counts of attempt to commit murder in the second degree, nine counts of crimes of violence, and three counts of assault in the first degree.
Lee Grace Dougherty faces 29 charges, including five counts of attempt to commit murder in the second degree, 13 counts of crimes of violence, and eight counts of assault in the first degree.
Ryan Dougherty faces 24 charges including five counts of attempt to commit murder in the second degree, 10 counts of crimes of violence, five counts of assault in the first degree, and one count of eluding law enforcement.
The charges stem from a high speed chase when the Doughertys were accused of running from Huerfano County law enforcement, Walsenburg Police, State Troopers, CBI and the FBI. The chase ended on Aug. 10 at exit 52 on I-25 where highways 85 and 87 enter Walsenburg when police placed stop sticks in the southbound lanes of the interstate.
When they attempted to avoid the stop sticks, their 2006 Subaru Impreza spun out of control, rolled over and landed on a guard rail right side up with the rear tires in the air. All three Doughertys were captured and taken to the hospital where they were examined for injuries and treated before being returned to police custody. The three siblings were taken to the Pueblo County Jail where they are currently remanded while awaiting trial.
Their next appearance in Huerfano County Court will be by teleconference at 1:15 on Aug. 25.
Gary M. Vezzani was elected Walsenburg’s mayor in Tuesday’s special mayoral election/recall vote. Preliminary results announced Tuesday night show that both Nick Vigil in Ward