SILVERTON – A preliminary hearing date of Nov. 7 has been set for Michael McFarland, a Silverton resident charged with manslaughter and second degree assault in the death of his wife, Jessica McFarland, last June.
McFarland appeared briefly in San Juan County District Court on Friday, Aug. 29, alongside his attorney and several family members, for his preliminary hearing demand date. Across the aisle sat Linda Davis, Jessica McFarlands’ mother, also cocooned by family and friends.
It was the third or fourth time the parties had gathered in the courtroom since Jessica McFarland was found dead in her home on the morning of June 6, with cuts on her neck authorities believe were inflicted by broken glass. The case has been moving slow pace to give the Colorado Bureau of Investigation time to complete its probe into the fatality, and release results of its lab work on forensic evidence.
Some of this evidence will be discussed at the upcoming preliminary hearing, after which District Judge Gregory Lymon will determine whether there is probable cause to send the case to trial. If McFarland pleads guilty, the case heads to a full jury trial sometime early next year.
“Right now, we are anticipating that it will go to trial,” said McFarland’s attorney Joel Fry.
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