ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The trial for the man accused of shooting and killing an Adams County Sheriff’s deputy in 2018 is underway. Deputy Heath Gumm responded to a home near 88th Avenue and Washington Street in Thornton for a call about an assault.
The trial for Dreion Dearing started in March but was declared a mistrial and was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dearing faces charges of 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.
Dearing pleaded not guilty.
In March, the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to withdraw the death penalty from consideration in the case after Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado.