Longmont postal shooting trial delayed

The accused co-conspirator in a Longmont shooting had his trial pushed back to April.

Devan Schreiner, 27, and Andrew James Ritchie, 35, are both charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jason Schaefer, 33, Schreiner’s ex-boyfriend and the father of her child.

After a judge ruled the two defendants must be tried separately, Ritchie was set to begin trial on Dec. 5 while Schreiner was set for Feb. 27.

But Ritchie’s defense attorneys on Nov. 17 filed a motion to continue the trial so a hearing could be scheduled on the admissibility of electronic evidence used to track Ritchie’s whereabouts the day of the murder.

Defense attorneys said a recent ruling in a Larimer County case that used the technology could be relevent, and asked for enough time to request transcripts of that ruling and prepare witnesses.

At a hearing Wednesday to discuss the motion, Boulder Deputy District Attorney Alison Brand said prosecutors were not objecting to the delay.

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