At his hearing on Tuesday morning, Delsin Freeman, 18, who was arrested in connection with the September street shooting in Cortez, had his appearance on counsel and received a date for his preliminary hearing.
At the hearing in the 22nd Judicial District Court, Freeman’s counsel Rachel Lanzen of Lanzen Law LLC appeared via Webex from Hudson, Colorado.
Lanzen informed Chief Judge Todd Plewe that she had applied for public defender, but hadn’t received a confirmation notice.
After discovering an administrative error, the court confirmed Lanzen as Freeman’s representation and “conflict-free counsel.”
Lanzen requested that they move to preliminary hearing 45 to 60 days out from the current date.
Plewe scheduled Freeman’s preliminary hearing for March 29 at 1:30 p.m., with Lanzen saying she would be at the hearing in person, barring weather or other conflicts.
At his Jan. 11 hearing, the court was able to locate Lanzen and request she be Freeman’s counsel after unsuccessful attempts to find an attorney to represent him.
Freeman was also released on a $25,000 bond in January. Judge William Furse lowered the bond to $25,000 from $250,000 after finding no evidence that a bond that high was needed.
Freeman and a minor were arrested Dec. 17 in Towaoc during the investigation of the shooting, which reportedly targeted an individual named Noah Farrar.
When the shooting took place, Farrar and the others involved were unharmed, but 18-year-old bystander Josilyn Mark was shot and flown to Grand Junction. Though there were concerns she could lose her leg, Mark is on the mend.
Police arrested multiple individuals on suspected connection to the shooting, and are still seeking one minor.
Two other individuals who have been arrested will have court cases this month. Demetrius Adams will appear in court on Feb. 8 at 10:30 a.m., and Trinadie Lopez will have his next hearing Feb. 13 at 10 a.m.