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Data dumps delay Dearing trial

Hearing pushed back to June to give defense time to work through evidence


The volumes of digital video and photographic evidence have pushed the trial of a man accused of shooting an Adams County deputy back another 10 weeks.

Judge Patrick Murphy agreed April 11 to delay the preliminary hearing for Dreion Martise Dearing to June 12.

Dearing faces four different counts of murder for allegedly shooting Adams County Deputy Heath Gumm on Jan. 24. He also faces a burglary charge, an assault charge and a charge of illegal weapons possession.

A preliminary hearing was originally scheduled for April 18.

Assistant District Attorney Jess Redman said his office has been working to make sure that Dearing's defense team has access to all of the data collected by police and investigators. So far, Redman said his office has logged more than 21,000 piece of evidence.

“There are photographs taken the night of the incident, bench notes from analysts with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation,” Redman said. “There are references to back ground investigations, internal affairs report.”

They are all included in the investigation, although Redman said he would not likely use them as part of his case.

Defense attorney Sarah Quinn said her office was only able to download one particularly large file the night before and it took six hours to download.

“I haven't even had a chance to review it,” she said. “All we ask is that we get the opportunity to go through it all.”

Redman said that was reasonable and Judge Murphy agreed, scheduling the preliminary hearing on Dearing's trail for 8:30 a.m. June 12. Dearing is being held without bond until then.

Redman said the amount of evidence is not surprising.

“It just depends on the case and how many pieces of evidence there are — photographs, video, interviews,” Redman said. “You could have a small case with a bunch of witness interviews or a case with a bunch of photographs. It just depends on the evidence.”

Gumm shooting

According to the arrest affidavit, Gumm and two other deputies responded to an apartment building at 8771 Dawson St. in unincorporated Adams County — just south of the Thornton city limits along 88th Avenue — at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 for reports of two males and a female assaulting another female.

The deputies saw a black male in black clothing walking north along Edison Street a two blocks away, but he ran when Gumm tried to contact him, according to the affidavit.

Deputies chased the man through Edison Street backyards. One of the other deputies said he lost sight of the suspect and then saw muzzle flashes coming from behind a shed and Gumm returning fire.

Deputies found Gumm face down with at least one bullet wound in his torso. He was taken to Denver Health Hospital and was pronounced dead just after 8 p.m.

According to the affidavit, detectives and a police dog pulled Dearing from a treehouse behind a DeSoto Street residence about 8:30 p.m., noting that his description matched that give by Dep. Booker and witnesses to the reported assault.

According to the affidavit, Dearing said he had been drinking and he fell asleep and the the next thing he remembered is “being drug by a dog and police arresting him,” according to the affidavit. He denied being in the apartment building and assaulting anyone and said he was unfamiliar with the area.

According to the affidavit, police claim they found footprints in the snow matching shoes Dearing was wearing, a 45-caliber gun, a paystub with Dearing's name on it and beanie hat in the area of the shooting.


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