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Drug contraband found among belongings of the man accused in fatal Cortez stabbing

Drugs confiscated during the intake process at Montezuma County Detention Center
Montezuma County Combined Courts, including the 22nd Judicial District court. Blake Welling will have a hearing July 11 in fatal stabbing at Speedway last May.

Grand Junction man Blake Welling, 69, who is accused of stabbing and killing David Grauberger last May, was found to be in possession of contraband when he went through the intake process at the Montezuma County Detention Center on May 29.

Detective Tomas Parker responded to a call from Detention Sergeant Melissa Curley, who confiscated a “small plastic bag that contained a small amount of a white, crystalline unknown substance,” according to an incident report written by Parker. The substance was tested, resulting in a “presumptive positive for methamphetamine.”

The contraband was found in Welling’s wallet, which was taken into the facility by the transport deputy and was therefore not on Welling’s person. Welling had been arrested in Mesa County on unrelated charges, where he presumably introduced the contraband initially. Because Welling not being in direct possession of the substance, Parker will not pursue charges.

Welling reportedly stabbed Grauberger in the Speedway parking lot, at 2021 E Main Street in Cortez. The two had an altercation two nights before the fight, Welling told police, though he did not tell police what the fight was about. Welling will appear in court on July 11 at 9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing and hearing on bond.