The trial of a 15-year-old accused of killing Kiaya Campbell in June 2017 could continue in October, depending on a Sept. 27 hearing. The trial of Aidan Zellmer is expected to begin next month, …
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The trial of a 15-year-old accused of killing Kiaya Campbell in June 2017 could continue in October, depending on a Sept. 27 hearing.
The trial of Aidan Zellmer is expected to begin next month, according to Sue Lindsay, public information officer for the Adams County District Attorney’s office.
“There have been motion hearings regarding evidence, and the judge has indicated that she will rule on that,” Lindsay said. “There is also a motion to continue the trial and we expect that to be dealt with. It feels like its more of hearing for the judge to rule than an evidentiary hearing.”
Zellmer was arraigned in Adams County District Court in March, with the Zellmer facing first-degree murder charges. Zellmer will be tried as an adult.
Campbell disappeared June 7, 2017, while walking to a Thornton shopping area near 136th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard with Zellmer, the 15-year-old son of her father’s girlfriend.
Police said they were told Campbell and Zellmer had left her father’s house near 124th and Forest Drive before 9 p.m. June 7 but were separated during a rainstorm at about the 12900 block of Colorado Boulevard.
Police began searching for the girl the next morning, stopping traffic in and out of the father’s neighborhood, searching cars and concentrating on canals, ditches and lakes in the area.
They issued an Amber Alert and volunteers gathered to help out with a walking search but police called it off when the girl’s body was found near 128th and Jasmine Court — roughly two miles east of where Campbell was last seen and about a mile from her father’s Thornton home, according to police.
The coroner declared the death “other than accidental” and police arrested the suspect just before midnight June 10, 2017, and took him to the Adams County Juvenile Detention Facility.
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