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Attempted murder case set for hearing next month

Posted: Saturday, Jun 29th, 2013

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — An Alamosa County Jail inmate who allegedly attacked a deputy will be back in court next month to face numerous charges, including attempted second-degree murder.

On July 19, a lower court judge will determine if there is enough evidence to bind Ramon Exquio Diego over to 12th Judicial District Court.

The 31-year-old man, who also stands accused of attempted escape, assault during escape and first- and second-degree assault, appeared briefly in front of Alamosa County Court Judge Daniel Walzl on June 20 for a return filing of charges.

Without the benefit of an attorney by his side, Diego wondered aloud if it was okay for “me and my victim” to be in the same facility.

“Is that a conflict of interest?” he asked.

The judge said he couldn’t offer Diego any legal advice. But he noted that prosecutors could file a request for a protection order, which he could then issue.

Authorities say that Diego attacked Deputy Kayla Covington on June 12 while he was attempting to escape from the county jail.

According to Alamosa County Sheriff’s Lt. Jim McCloskey, Diego tried to take Covington hostage by grabbing a piece of cloth and wrapping it around her neck.

Covington knew that her life was in danger, so she went on the offensive. Cpl. Chris Westerman and Jail Technician Don Harrington also stepped in to the fray, and the three of them subdued Covington’s alleged assailant.

The three employees were quickly treated for minor injuries, while Diego was taken to the hospital for additional medical care.

He remains in custody on a $75,000 cash or surety bond. However, prosecutors could ask the court to increase that amount.

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