Attempted murder case advances


ALAMOSA — On Monday Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl advanced the attempted murder case of Nazzreth DeLuna, 30, to district court.

DeLuna has multiple charges against him including attempted first degree murder and arson in connection with a fire last September that rendered a residence at 1109 Bell Avenue uninhabitable.

Accompanied by his attorney James Dostal on Monday, DeLuna waived his right to a county court preliminary hearing, which had been scheduled for Monday. Dostal said he had met with his client numerous times since taking on his representation a couple of months ago including meetings with him on Thursday and Friday of last week. As a result of those conversations with him and the district attorney’s office, Dostal said, “we are going to waive our right to a preliminary hearing today.”

Monday’s preliminary hearing had been rescheduled from March 1.

District Attorney Crista Newmyer-Olsen was present for the Monday hearing.

DeLuna, who remains in custody, agreed with his attorney’s statement to the judge, and the judge accepted the waiver and bound the case over to district court. He scheduled the first appearance in district court for April 17, which is a day DeLuna already has other cases scheduled in district court.

DeLuna was charged with theft, 3rd degree assault, criminal attempted 1st degree murder, 1st degree burglary, 1st degree arson, reckless endangerment, crimes against an at-risk adult and criminal mischief following a September 18, 2017 fire on south Bell Avenue in Alamosa.

The residence was occupied at the time DeLuna allegedly started the fire. DeLuna allegedly used an unknown accelerant and started a fire in the back of the residence and fled before officers arrived. After the occupants were moved to safety, an explosion occurred, believed to have been ignited by an oxygen bottle. The explosion and ensuing fire rendered the residence unlivable. DeLuna was arrested a couple of days later in Alamosa and has remained in custody since that time.