Linch’s ‘possession’ trial set to begin Nov. 18


A former

Marbleton resident accused of having a

large quantity of meth and bringing it into

the county detention center faces a 9th

District Court jury trial on Nov. 18.

On Friday, Oct. 25, Judge Marv Tyler,

new Deputy County Attorney Stan Cannon

and Public Defender Elisabeth Trefonas

via phone worked through the pretrial

conference for Dominic A. Linch, who remains

in custody.

The hearing began with unresolved requests

filed Thursday – for Judge Tyler to

accept Trefonas’ appearance by telephone

and about her statement that Linch might

change his pleas from “not guilty” to “not

guilty by reasons of mental illness.”

Tyler did not accept her telephone appearance

motion, although the hearing

continued. After asking Linch numerous

times for a “yes or no” answer about

changing his plea to include lack of mental

competency, Tyler denied including the

information at trial.

Trefonas said she “had concerns” after

conversations with Linch and wanted them

noted on the record.

Linch, who later moved to Cora, was

charged in March 2018 after he violated

the court’s bond conditions set after a

previous felony charge the month before

– of aggravated assault and battery with a

deadly weapon, according to court records.

In that case, a coworker had reported

that he and Linch had a verbal argument

about whether or not the shop’s bay doors

should be open or closed. The victim said

that Linch had picked up a long 2-by-4

board and hit him in the back of the head.

Sublette deputies and EMS responded to

the call. The man had 21 stitches in his

head, with Linch telling deputies he might

have fallen at work, records show.

Linch paid $3,000 bond as 10 percent

of the judges’ $30,000 cash or surety bond

and was ordered to stay away from the

man who accused Linch of attacking him.

Then-County Attorney Clay Kainer

petitioned for Linch’s bond to be revoked

after Linch went to the workplace

on March 1, 2018, and harassed the man,

court records show. Linch was arrested

and taken to the Sublette County Jail for

booking.

During the process, Linch allegedly

had a meth pipe and marijuana pipe on his

person and a container with more than 3

grams of meth fell out of his boot, according

to court records.

Later, Kainer asked for that aggravated

assault felony charge to be dismissed, saying

“a material witness” could not be located.

But Linch’s new case moved on through

to District Court and a jury panel of about

40 registered voters will be convened on

Monday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. with the trial

expected to take about three days.

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