Judge considers newspaper’s request to unseal homicide records

From Steamboat Today:  During a hearing Wednesday, Judge Shelley Hill considered whether to unseal records related to the Ed Zimmerman homicide case.

“This judge happens to believe greatly in transparency,” said Hill, who did not make an immediate decision at the hearing.

On May 12, the Steamboat Pilot & Today filed a one-sentence request with Hill asking her to unseal affidavits related to the arrests of Lucas Johnson and his wife, Kristen.

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office believes the couple is responsible for Zimmerman’s death. According to the charges, Zimmerman was murdered as part of a marijuana robbery. Zimmerman, who was reported missing Feb. 28, grew medical marijuana in his rural Steamboat Springs home.

The Johnsons appeared at the hearing and are still in custody at Routt County Jail. The Johnsons have a three-day preliminary hearing scheduled to begin Aug. 31.

It was apparent the attorneys involved in the case did not want the affidavits to made available to the public.

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