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Closing statements heard in the Longmont postal shooting case

September 27, 2023
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A Boulder County jury on Tuesday heard closing statements in the trial of a man charged in the 2021 fatal shooting of a Longmont postal employee.

In their statements, Boulder County prosecutors argued that Andrew “AJ” Ritchie, 36, was the “eyes and ears” for Devan Schreiner, 28, who was found guilty in March of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing Jason Schaefer, 33. Schaefer was killed on Oct. 13, 2021, while on his postal route in Longmont.

Ritchie is charged with first-degree murder after deliberation.

During the trial, evidence was presented of Ritchie’s cell phone being tracked along Schaefer’s route, before he was seen on surveillance footage at a Loveland Hooters at the time of Schaefer’s death. Prosecutors argued Tuesday that Ritchie assisted Schreiner in making a plan to kill Schaefer which included setting up an alibi for Schreiner and tracking Schaefer over the course of his route to inform Schreiner of his whereabouts.

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