By Danielle Chavira

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.

Deputy Heath Gumm (credit: Adams County)

The trial for Dreion Dearing started in March but was declared a mistrial and was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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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.

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Dreion Dearing (credit: CBS)

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.

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Danielle Chavira