The May 19 preliminary hearing for Leonard Ross, who was accused of reckless manslaughter in the death of Timothy Sanchez, was continued to June 8 to …
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The May 19 preliminary hearing for Leonard Ross, who was accused
of reckless manslaughter in the death of Timothy Sanchez, was
continued to June 8 to give the defense attorney time to review the
official autopsy report.
Ross, 41, who lived at 3545 S. Bannock St., was arrested March 2
as a suspect in the the death of Sanchez. Sanchez, who was taken to
the hospital from 3544 S. Bannock St. March 1, died the next day.
Ross was arrested because police suspect Sanchez died from head
injuries apparently inflicted by the defendant.
More than a dozen members of the victim’s family gathered behind
the defense table at the Arapahoe County jail. Several family
members wore T-shirts bearing Sanchez’s picture.
When the court completed its other business, public defender
Johanna DeLizza talked briefly with Ross as they sat at the defense
table waiting for 18th Judicial District Judge Ethan Feldman to
call their case. Across the room, prosecutor Dave Jones talked
quietly with lead investigator and Englewood Police Detective
Leoni was the first witness called to testify, stating that
Sanchez visited Ross in the apartment at 3545 S. Bannock St., where
there was an argument and then a physical altercation at about 11
p.m. March 1.
Reports show that a little later police and paramedics were
called to the area and found Sanchez sitting on the porch of his
mother’s house at 3544 S. Bannock St. He was bleeding from head
wounds. Reportedly the victim walked down the steps, got on the
gurney and was taken to Swedish Medical Center.
Sanchez died the next afternoon from head injuries that produced
fatal bleeding in his brain.
Leoni said witnesses told him Ross got angry when Sanchez made
what he considered disrespectful remarks to the daughter of his
common-law wife. Sanchez apologized but reportedly made additional
offensive remarks later and Ross asked him to leave and escorted
him out of the apartment.
The court viewed a DVD of the video tape of Leoni’s interview
with Ross. In the interview, Ross said when he and Sanchez got to
the back steps, the victim swung at him. Ross said he then hit
Sanchez in the head and face area two or three times.
The prosecutor then asked Leoni about the facts in the autopsy
report. At that point, defense attorney DeLizza objected.
She told the judge she didn’t have a copy of the autopsy report,
which according to judicial discovery rules, was supposed to be
provided to her office. She added that, due to the technical
information in the report, she would need time to review before she
could adequately cross-examine Leoni and asked for a
The prosecution objected to a continuance. After listening to
both sides of the issue, the judge ruled in favor of the defense
and ordered the preliminary hearing to continue at 1:15 p.m. June 8
in Division 405 at the Arapahoe County Justice Center.
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