Cousin Says Drug Use May Have Led To Man’s Alleged Attack On Parents

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – A man accused of attacking his parents appeared in court on Monday and his cousin says drug use may have led to the attack.

Codell Loats’ bond was previously set at $50,000 but a judge on Monday changed it to $1 million. The judge granted the district attorney’s request to increase the bond because one of his parents may not survive.

Loats, 27, was booked into the Arapahoe County Jail early Sunday. Police found him sleeping in his car near Morrison two days after he allegedly attacked his parents in Englewood.

Loats is facing criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder charges as well as fugitive of justice charges.

Jesse Lechuga, Loats’ cousin, was in court on Monday to show support for his family. He said his aunt, Codell’s mother, is still in the intensive care unit in the hospital but he isn’t sure about his uncle’s condition.

Lechuga told CBS4 Loats’ father may have provoked the attack and said the whole family is shocked.

“I don’t know what I would say to him, I have no clue,” Lechuga said.

The investigation is ongoing in the case.

Loats is due back on court on Thursday morning.

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