Mar 2, 2011 6:54 PM by Greg Boyce

Unusual request in murder case

A strange twist in a Pueblo murder case this afternoon when a defense attorney asked that a local woman not be allowed to contact his client in jail.

Myles Johnson, 16, is charged in the shooting death of Marco Morales.  Two other teens were also shot during what police described as a drug deal that turned into a robbery in early January.

Attorney Rick Levinson asked the judge to preclude a 35-year-old woman from contacting Johnson in Pueblo County Jail.  He said his client is the victim of sexual assault and the District Attorney's office refuses to charge the woman.  

Police had found evidence on Johnson's phone that he had been in frequent contact with an adult woman, even moments after the shooting.

But a lawyer from the District Attorney's office said there is an ongoing investigation into the relationship between the woman and Johnson, as well as "other things."  When asked about her possible involvement in the shootings, the attorney refused to comment.  He also refused to release the woman's name.

The judge refused to order the woman to stop trying to contact Johnson, because he doesn't believe he has that authority under the law.



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