A judge approved four new charges against a Northglenn man facing trial for a high-speed chase through Douglas County.
Douglas County District Court Judge Richard Caschette agreed with prosecutors that there is sufficient evidence to charge …
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Douglas County District Court Judge Richard Caschette agreed with prosecutors that there is sufficient evidence to charge Clifford “CJ” Galley, 23, with burglary and trespassing. It brings the total number of criminal charges against Galley to 39. He has pleaded not guilty.
Galley faces multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder, among other charges, for the February 2013 chase from Castle Rock to Parker. Galley, who has been in custody since the incident, appeared during a motions hearing March 6 at the Robert A. Christensen Justice Center in Castle Rock. A motions hearing allows attorneys from both sides to argue for and against the inclusion of evidence for trial. Galley's trial is scheduled to begin April 8.
Caschette denied a motion to suppress the photo line-up, which public defender Emily Wickham said was “impermissibly suggestive.” The Castle Rock woman whose truck Galley allegedly stole reported the suspect's description, including a red shirt. Wickham argued that the red jail uniform worn by Galley in the photo line-up, as well as the larger size and differing background of the photo, unfairly implicated her client.
Wickham also filed a motion to suppress a cheek swab sample collected by police after Galley indicated that he did not want to answer questions. Wickham said Parker police investigators performed an “unlawful search and seizure” by asking Galley to provide potentially incriminating evidence after declining to speak. Caschette ruled that Miranda rights do not apply to consensual searches.
Upon taking the witness stand, officer Christopher Calvillo provided insight into Galley's state of mind when he was apprehended. Calvillo spotted Galley walking with alleged co-conspirator David Vasquez after they ditched the stolen vehicle in the Clarke Farms subdivision. Deputy district attorney Jay Williford asked Calvillo about Galley's demeanor during the encounter.
“He was scared. He said, `Don't let them get me,'” Calvillo testified, before clarifying that Galley was referring to pursuing officers.
Prosecutors say Galley fired at officers at least three separate times after they tried to take him into custody at the Taco Bell on Plum Creek Parkway in Castle Rock. He rammed an officer's car to escape the Taco Bell drive-thru. He later swerved toward officers stationed along Crowfoot Valley Road to avoid two different sets of spike strips. Prosecutors say Vasquez and Galley's girlfriend, Gwen Devilbiss, were riding in the vehicle at the time.
Parker police Det. Beverly Wilson testified about her interview with Devilbiss, the only person struck by a bullet during the pursuit. Wilson said Devilbiss admitted that just before the chase, she was serving as a lookout for Galley and Vasquez while they broke into open garages and unlocked cars in Castle Rock. The new charges against Galley, the father of a 3-year-old, stem from her statements and evidence found in the stolen truck. Devilbiss also faces charges for the break-ins.
Caschette granted a sequestration order and asked Devilbiss, who was seated in the gallery, to leave the courtroom during witness testimony.
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