Briefs for September 21

Hearing to unseal records continued

— A hearing to unseal records in a murder case involving a Steamboat Springs woman was continued to Sept. 26.

Luz Cisneros, who was arrested Sept. 7 on suspicion of killing her 1-year-old daughter, was not at the Thursday hearing, prompting her attorneys to push for the continuance. Cisneros is in custody in Pueblo.

Cisneros' attorneys, public defenders Emily Wickham and Trevor McFee, asked Routt County Court Judge James Garrecht to reschedule the hearing to allow Cisneros the opportunity to attend. Wickham and McFee also argued that releasing information about the case could jeopardize Cisneros' right to a fair trial.

Ashley Kissinger, a Denver attorney representing the Steamboat Pilot & Today, argued that postponing the hearing would further delay public access to the information included in Cisneros' arrest affidavit, arrest warrant and autopsy report for her daughter.

Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James filed a motion to have the records sealed. That motion was granted by Garrecht on Sept. 7.

During Thursday's hearing, after deciding to "err on the side of caution," Garrecht combined an upcoming status conference in the case and the hearing to unseal the records for 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Routt County Justice Center.

Wickham said she was "fairly certain" Cisneros would be present at the Sept. 26 hearing.

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