Alamosa defense attorney James Marshall was formally charged Monday morning for allegedly shooting another man in the back of the head during a protest in downtown Alamosa June 4.
Marshall, 27, faces seven charges: Attempted 2nd Degree Homicide, 1st Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Felony Menacing, Criminal Mischief, Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, and Prohibited Use of Weapons.
Alamosa Combined Courts Clerk Jennifer Pacheco told CBS4 that Marshall waived his right to an advisement Monday morning as he, his attorney, and the 12th Judicial District Attorney Robert Willett appeared before a judge via Webex video conference. Marshall is scheduled to return to court August 28th for a preliminary hearing; whether remotely or in person is yet to be determined.
Marshall is accused of shooting Danny Von Pruitt, Jr., 49, during a protest at the corner of Main Street and State Avenue just before 6 p.m. Pruitt, of Canon City, was driving a black Dodge Ram pickup truck westbound through the intersection during a green light, per police documents. Witnesses told police there protesters in the crosswalk ahead of Pruitt’s truck, and that Pruitt came to an almost complete stop before inching forward at the protesters.
As the crowd parted and the truck continued through, one man on its passenger side fired his gun at the driver, into the rear of the truck’s cab. Some of those witnesses named Marshall, while others who did not recognize him provided photos to responding officers that showed Marshall and his wife, both wearing masks and holding signs, at the protest prior to the shooting.
Pruitt continued driving despite the injury and was found parked 10 blocked away. He was taken to San Luis Valley Medical Center and then airlifted to UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.