Vail shooting: Moreau lawyers want jail logs concealed
EAGLE – Lawyers for both sides say they’ll be ready for a key hearing next week in the murder case of Vail resident Richard “Rossi” Moreau.
Moreau, 63, of Vail, is charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault and two counts of menacing.
Gary Bruce Kitching, a Carbondale physician, was killed in the Nov. 7 shooting at the Sandbar in West Vail.
On Jan. 27, prosecutors will attempt to establish “probable cause” that Moreau committed the alleged crimes. Prosecutors plan to call two police officers and a forensic pathologist. If County Judge Katharine T. Sullivan finds probable cause, the case would be moved to the courtroom of District Judge R. Thomas Moorhead.
During a hearing Tuesday, lawyers updated the judge their progress in the case, and said they are on track for next week’s hearing.
The defense has moved to bar prosecutors from examining logs of Moreau’s visitors in jail, citing attorney-client privilege.
“These records log personal and private and confidential information and have no business in the prosecutor’s hands,” the defense’s motion says.
Prosecutors responded by saying they don’t think that argument holds water.
“Attorney-client privilege covers statements between attorneys and clients, not who is visiting the defendant in jail,” said District Attorney Mark Hurlbert.
In the court hearing Tuesday, public defender Reed Owens asked Taylor to rule on the motion soon.
Wednesday’s hearing begins at 9:30 a.m.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or email@example.com.
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