Glenwood Post Independent asks court to unseal murder case papers

From the Post Independent (Glenwood Springs):  The Post Independent on Wednesday asked a Garfield County District Court judge to make public a document that led to the arrest in Carbondale’s first homicide case in 12 years.

The PI also seeks to unseal a public defender’s motion that strives to maintain secrecy of the arrest affidavit.

According to law enforcement, Arturo Navarrete-Portillo, 46, of Carbondale, admitted to killing his wife, Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya, 30, as he was being flown to Grand Junction for medical treatment after a car accident on Feb. 16. Police located Portillo-Amaya’s body in an apartment later that afternoon. The Garfield County coroner ruled the death a homicide by “sharp force trauma.”

Navarrete-Portillo, held under protective custody for two weeks while hospitalized with injuries from the accident, is charged with first-degree murder.

In order to arrest Navarrete-Portillo, authorities were obliged to craft an affidavit detailing probable cause for a warrant. The document, which is under seal, could help shed light on what happened that morning and how police pieced it together.

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