ALAMOSA— A local murder suspect was in court last Tuesday, April 2 and the case finds itself at the mercy of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Shem Brown, 26, Monte Vista, is facing multiple charges following the murder of Mathias Fritz, 40, Alamosa, in August of 2018. Three other suspects in the murder, Shawndon J. McVey, 25, Robert P. Martinez, 29, and Phillip Medina, 36, will appear in court separately from Brown.
Brown faced 31 counts associated with the murder of Fritz and assault and shooting of Alma Salazar, who survived. In January, the judge permitted the addition of three more charges — felony 1 murder in the first degree and two crime-of-violence sentence enhancers. Brown faces multiple charges including murder, kidnapping, robbery, felony menacing and crimes of violence sentence enhancers.
Although he didn’t go into detail, Brown’s attorney, Riley Selleck, told the court he has received additional information and believes more is to come. “We need more time for discovery,” Selleck explained.
District Attorney Crista Newmyer-Olsen explained to the court that they are waiting on test results from the CBI; however, there is a backlog.
“It’s my understanding they’re in line to be expedited … they know we want these results,” Newmyer-Olsen said.
Both sides agreed to a continuance.
“I think we knew we’d be waiting for lab results. It’s not as if nothing is being done in this case,” added Newmyer-Olsen.
Brown is being held on $500,000 bond. He will appear in court May 7 at 3 p.m.