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Judge declares mistrial in case against man accused of hitting CSP trooper

CASTLE ROCK – A judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the trial of a man accused of hitting and killing CSP Trooper Cody Donahue in 2016.

Noe Gamez-Ruiz is suspected of hitting and killing Donahue on Nov. 24, 2016.

Defense attorneys said the mistrial was declared because the district attorney’s office failed to turn over evidence during the pre-trial discovery phase.

Prosecutors said Gamez-Ruiz had room to move his truck over but did not. Gamez had previously pleaded not guilty to criminally negligent homicide, careless driving and careless driving resulting in death.

A motions hearing will be held next month to discuss possible sanctions against the DA’s office. A new trial date is set for February.

Tom Kackley

Tom Kackley

Tom Kackley is a digital content producer at KOAA News 5. He has worked in southern Colorado since 2016.
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