Lawyer: Police have questioned the shooting suspect without a lawyer

An attorney for the Glenwood Springs man accused of accidentally firing a gun at police and his roommate last summer contends his client is being questioned without an attorney on his side.

Craig Robbins, then 44, allegedly shot his roommate — also his landlord — in the stomach over an eviction dispute in July 2022. The roommate survived.

Robbins also took another roommate and eventually started shooting at a Glenwood Springs police officer who happened to be patrolling the 1000 block of Riverview Drive at the time. This led to an hour-long standoff between Robbins and several responding officers.

He managed to talk himself out of the house without anyone else being hurt.

Robbins, who is charged with 5 counts of attempted first-degree murder, is being held in the Garfield County jail on $2 million bond.

Craig Allen Robbins

Attorney General Alex Haynes on Tuesday told 9th Judicial District Judge Anne Norrdin that Robbins, since then, has been contacted by law enforcement without an attorney there to defend his rights. necessary.

“Law enforcement is contacting my business owner without the attorney’s knowledge,” Haynes said. by Mr. Robbins during that call, ‘Where’s my lawyer? What’s going on? Where’s my lawyer?’

“Obviously we should have been notified.”

Haynes also alleged mishandling of the collection of DNA samples obtained from Robbins, which is detailed in a counter-motion. in investigating the crime filed by his defense.

“Since the first one was improperly executed, I will be sure to inform you in any future communication with Mr. Robbins,” he said.

He then requested a preliminary hearing on all of Robbins’ charges, including any crimes of violence. This will allow the defense to present evidence during the preliminary hearing.

Deputy District Attorney Heidi Bauer objected to conducting a preliminary hearing on any crime of violence.

“I think we can shorten that case if necessary,” he said. “But, I understand we’re going to set all the other stories first. I expect half a day. I don’t expect there’s any need for counter-witnesses. because it is a preliminary decision.”

Norrdin allowed any information to be filed by Haynes within three weeks.

The preliminary hearing for Robbins, where the prosecutors must have enough evidence to take the case to court, is now scheduled for 9 am on May 1.

Post Independent Western Garfield County reporter and Assistant Editor Ray K. Erku can be reached at 612-423-5273 or

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