ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– A judge in Adams County has declared a mistrial in the murder of Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Gumm. The coronavirus pandemic delayed the start of the trial for Dreion Dearing.
Gumm died Jan. 24, 2018 while responding to an assault near 88th Avenue and Washington Street in Thornton.READ MORE: Trevor Woodruff Identified As Suspect In Deadly Shooting Outside Of Walgreens
Dearing has been charged with first-degree murder of a peace officer after deliberation, first-degree felony murder of a peace officer, first-degree murder after deliberation, first-degree felony murder, first-degree burglary, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and third-degree assault.READ MORE: Maize In The City, Colorado Family Tradition, Opens For A New Year
The judge in the case entered a not guilty plea on Dearing’s behalf.MORE NEWS: Colorado Task Force 1 No Longer On Alert Amid Intensifying Hurricane Sam
Exactly why the judge declared the mistrial hasn’t been released but jurors did express fear at being exposed to coronavirus while serving on the jury.