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Attempted murder suspect in court

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 2013

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — A man accused of attempted second-degree murder stood quietly in Alamosa County Court on Tuesday as a judge formally read the charges against him into the record.

Patrick Matthew Gurule was arrested on March 24 for attempted first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree assault, child abuse, domestic violence, tampering with evidence and two counts each of reckless endangerment and felony menacing.

Prosecutors have since reduced the main count against the 26-year-old man, and as of Tuesday, they had not filed the child abuse, domestic violence and tampering charges.

Authorities arrested Gurule at a Conejos County residence, following a March 24 report that a 22-year-old woman had been shot in Alamosa.

Alamosa Police Capt. Robert Jackson said on March 25 that his office believed the shooting occurred while the victim was driving down the 100 to 200 blocks of Craft Drive. Police alleged that Gurule was a passenger in the car.

The victim was initially transported to San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center, but after the attending physician determined that her injuries were life threatening, the woman was flown to a Denver-area hospital for additional medical care.

Police initially held Gurule at the Alamosa County Jail without bond. On Tuesday, however, Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl set the suspect’s bond amount at $50,000 cash or surety.

The judge is scheduled to review Gurule’s case at a May 2 preliminary hearing.

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