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
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
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.