Daley acquitted in 2-day jury trial

Local News | 10/19/2016 |

By Brenda Johnson Brandt

Jonah Daley of Haxtun was recently acquitted by a six-person jury on a charge of careless driving resulting in death.

The trial was conducted in Phillips County Court in Holyoke Thursday and Friday, Oct. 13-14. Judge Thomas J.B. Reed presided over the case brought by the State of Colorado v. Daley.

Daley was the driver in the Sept. 16, 2015, accident that killed pedestrian Cassidy Hale, 15, of Holyoke on County Road 41, just east of town.

Daley pleaded not guilty to the Traffic I violation of careless driving resulting in death, and the jury acquitted him, freeing him from the criminal charge.

The jury selection process started Thursday morning and was completed at about 3:30 p.m. The trial process continued until about 7 p.m. that evening.

Proceedings reconvened Friday and continued until about 9 p.m. when the jury deliberations were complete and the acquittal was recorded.

Representing the State of Colorado from the 13th Judicial District Attorney’s office were Anthony Gioia and Debra Eurich.

Daley was represented by H. Michael Steinberg.