Documents sealed in Vail shooting case
VAIL, Colorado – Prosecutors will file charges Monday against Richard “Rossi” Moreau in the killing of a man at Vail’s Sandbar, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Thursday.
Police say Moreau, 63, of Vail killed Gary Bruce Kitching, a Carbondale physician, and injured three others in the Nov. 7 shooting.
Monday is the deadline that Judge Katharine T. Sullivan gave prosecutors for filing charges.
Prosecutors said previously that they are pursuing first-degree murder charges, but Hurlbert said Thursday that they have not finalized which charges they will file. Multiple charges are likely, Hurlbert said.
On Thursday, Sullivan granted a motion from Hurlbert asking that search-warrant affidavits be sealed.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
“Right now, we’re trying to protect the integrity of the investigation,” Hurlbert said.
A register of court actions shows the affidavit in support of a request for a search warrant filed Tuesday involves the cell phone of Darlene Hoffman. Hoffman has described herself as a friend and former psychologist of Moreau. A 2000 police report described her as Moreau’s girlfriend.
Public defender Reed Owens, who is representing Moreau, has filed for a gag order in the case. Sullivan has yet to rule on the motion. Owens could not be reached by phone Thursday afternoon.
Moreau is scheduled for arraignment Dec. 1 at the courthouse in Eagle. He remains in the Eagle County Jail.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or firstname.lastname@example.org.