Preliminary hearing set for November murder, kidnapping suspect – Greeley Tribune

A 41-year-old suspected drug dealer accused of murdering a 40-year-old man and kidnapping and torturing a 26-year-old man in November will appear for a preliminary hearing nearly a year later.

Marco Antonio Gutierrez-Herrera participated virtually in his status conference before Weld Judge Marcelo Kopcow Thursday morning. Kopcow addressed a pending request to review records from the city of Greeley, specifically the Weld County Narcotics Task Force.

The records will remain sealed until both the prosecution and the defense respond to the request by Aug. 8. Kopwocw advised that he would have to issue a protective order if he released the documents.

Gutierrez-Herrera, suspected of having ties to high-level drug trafficking organizations and a history of drug dealing, faces felony charges including second-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, false imprisonment and menacing.

In late November, Gutierrez-Herrera, who was out on bond for a felony drug conviction in Nebraska, became one of two prime suspects facing murder charges in the drug-related slaying of 40-year-old Gilbert Gutierrez. became On Nov. 21, police found Gutierrez dead in the 23600 block of Blake Avenue in Weld, near Johnstown.

After further investigation, the police found that a 26-year-old man had been kidnapped and was in serious danger. Both victims in this case were last seen at 11:30 p.m. on November 20 when they were taken to the Blake Street location.

Investigators learned that the abductors took the 26-year-old to the Julesburg area of ​​Sedgwick County. Through Weld Strike Team surveillance of the area on Nov. 22, law enforcement rescued a kidnapping victim at dusk at a gas station near Interstate 76.

According to arrest records, the motive behind the murder and kidnapping stemmed from Gutierrez-Herrera’s hypothesis that the kidnap victim had stolen a truck containing large amounts of cocaine. The 26-year-old victim reported to the investigator that he was severely tortured during his captivity.

The SWAT team worked with nearby sheriff’s offices to execute search warrants at two Julesburg homes, which later led to Gutierrez-Herrera’s arrest. A second suspect, Seferino Hermosillo, 36, was booked into the Weld County Jail after he was extradited after his Jan. 6 arrest in Odessa, Texas.

Seferino Hermosillo (Vold County Police Department)

Hermosillo faces second-degree murder, false imprisonment and menacing charges with additional charges of unlawful discharge of a firearm and second-degree kidnapping. He has a status conference at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 in Weld County Court.

Gutierrez-Herrera’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 with three witnesses on the stand.

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