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Eagle murder case facing delays

Matt Zalaznick

Kathleen “Kathy” Denson, 44, owner of the Draggin’ A Ranch, was arrested for investigation of second-degree murder June 27 after she called police from the ranch allegedly saying she’d shot Gerald “Cody” Boyd, 45, authorities said.

Denson had lived with Boyd for four years, but he’d moved out about a month before the shooting, family members have said.

Denson was scheduled to have a “preliminary hearing” in Eagle County Court on Oct. 22. That is traditionally the time when the judge decides whether police and prosecutors have collected enough evidence to go to trial.

That hearing was postponed and scheduled for Thursday. However, it was delayed again and is now on the court’s calendar for Jan. 7 at 1:30 p.m.

Denson was originally held in the Eagle County jail on a $5 million bond. Denson was released, however, when the bond was lowered to $700,000 and she put up her ranch as collateral.

Eagle County Judge Terri Diem this summer imposed a gag order and sealed files on the case at the request of both Denson’s defense attorney and the Eagle County District Attorney’s Office. At the time, lawyers from both sides said they wanted to ensure Denson received a fair trial and that potential jurors weren’t prejudiced by reading details of the case in the newspaper.

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