Alleged attacker to be assessed

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Codell Loats was scheduled to enter a plea Aug. 5 in Arapahoe County District Court but, once again, the arraignment has been continued.

Loats, 29, faces charges including first-degree attempted murder in the Sept. 14, 2012, beating of his parents in their home in the 4700 block of South Acoma Street. Loats, accused of beating his parents with a large wrench, has not been arraigned despite being scheduled for arraignment five times.

On Aug. 5, public defenders Julia Marchelya and Steve McCrohan asked Judge Elizabeth Weishaupl for a continuance because they planned to file a motion to introduce expert testimony regarding Loats’ mental condition at the time of the attacks.

Anne Kelly of the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said Loats will have to submit to examination at the state mental hospital in Pueblo, to provide the data should the prosecution opt to present its own evidence in response to the defense expert’s testimony. She said the continuance was necessary to complete the examination.

The judge agreed to the continuance. She said she will review the defense motion and the prosecution’s response and will hold a hearing on the motions at 4 p.m. Sept. 16.

Loats has been in custody since he was arrested following the attack. Members of his family have attended all court hearing.

On Aug. 5, Loats wore a blue jail-issue jumpsuit. He had handcuffs on his wrists and shackles on his ankles that were connected by a chain to a chain around his waist.

His mother and father were at the Aug. 5 appearance. They waved and smiled at their son and he smiled back.

His father, Mark Loats, asked to speak to the court.

“Our son has been in jail for almost a year and we would like permission to visit him,” he told the judge. “You have allowed us calls once a week and allowed us to write to him, but we want to visit him.”

Weishaupl denied the request. She said it was the same request made at previous court appearances.

“The conditions of the protection order won’t allow visits,” the judge said. “I will abide by the conditions of that order.”