Texas murder suspect to remain in Garfield County
Glenwood, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A Texas teen suspected of murder remains in the Garfield County jail after 9th Judicial District Court Judge Gail Nichols granted a motion to withdraw a waiver of extradition on Tuesday.
Defense attorney Greg Greer filed a motion to withdraw the waiver of extradition which Stephen Vogt, 19, signed at his first court appearance.
Greer argued that Vogt did not “knowingly and voluntarily” waive his right to counsel before waiving his extradition hearing, even though Nichols said that Vogt conceded that he did.
Now, prosecutors must seek a governor’s warrant from Texas in order to extradite Vogt. According to Nichols, the state of Texas will have up to 60 days to extradite Vogt.
Vogt is being held on a felony warrant for capital murder charges for the slaying of Mario Raygoza on Sept. 6 in San Antonio. Vogt was arrested in Glenwood Springs for allegedly shoplifting items from City Market, along with James Garza, 17, also of San Antonio.
Police later identified the two as suspects wanted by San Antonio police in connection with the murder.
According to the San Antonio Express News, Raygoza’s body was found outside of an apartment building in San Antonio.
Vogt and Garza allegedly stabbed Raygoza then stole his 2008 Dodge Avenger and fled to Colorado.
Garza was extradited in early October and is currently being held at the Bexar County jail on capital murder charges on a $1 million bond.