Suspects accused of brutally killing two southern Colorado teens appear in court

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Two suspects accused of first-degree murder in the killings of Coronado High School students Natalie Partida and Derek Greer appeared in court Tuesday. 

Originally the prosecution wanted separate trials for Diego Chacon and Marco Garcia-Bravo, but now they’re asking for them to be joint trials.

In total, 10 people were arrested in the March 2017 killings, with five suspects originally facing murder charges. Three have since accepted plea deals, securing their testimony in court.

As for Chacon and Garcia-Bravo, the prosecution intends to seek the death penalty. Before that, they’ll have to draft a motion regarding the constitutionality of the death penalty for those under 21, which both suspects were at the time of the shooting.

In court Tuesday, Chacon and Garcia-Bravo both verbally waived their rights to a speedy trial.

One of Chacon’s defense attorneys is withdrawing from the case, so the defense is asking for more time to find someone qualified. 

Garcia-Bravo’s defense also asked for more time to conduct their investigation, saying they’ll have to travel to Mexico to gather important documents and interviews with Garcia-Bravo’s family.

With so much time requested, the prosecution was adamant throughout the hearing to set a trial date, but the judge denied, because it’s still unknown if the suspects will face separate trials.

On March 12, 2017, the bodies of 15-year-old Derek and 16-year-old Natalie were found on Old Pueblo Road near Pikes Peak International Raceway. According to the police report, the teens were kidnapped, shoved into a car, and shot execution-style.

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