Jeremiah Damron, of Cortez, was charged with first-degree murder in a hearing Friday at Montezuma County District Court.
Damron, 36, was arrested on July 20 on suspicion of homicide after the body of his mother, 62-year-old Kristie Damron, was found behind his mobile home in the 7000 block of County Road 21.75. The charge carries a minimum sentence of life in prison. Damronâ€™s preliminary hearing on the charge is scheduled for Sept. 22.
Damron is undergoing mental health evaluation through the Colorado Department of Human Services. District Court Judge Todd Plewe scheduled a hearing for 11 a.m. Sept. 6 to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial.
The preliminary hearing will begin at 9 a.m. on Sept. 22, and Plewe said it would be the only case on the docket for that day.