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Trial gets underway for man accused of killing Longmont resident in 2019

Isaiah Rios is charged with first-degree murder after deliberation and felony murder in the death of Gary Hockaday

The murder trial of Isaiah Rios, accused of stabbing an 80-year-old Longmont resident in July 2019, got underway remotely on Thursday. 

Rios, 31, is charged with first-degree murder after deliberation and felony murder in the death of Gary Hockaday.

Hockaday on July 18, 2019, was found dead in his Jewel Street home after his wife came home and found the house ransacked and their truck gone, according to previous reporting by the Longmont Times-Call. Hockaday was stabbed 56 times, the Times-Call reported. 

Rios also is charged with a number of other counts including burglary with first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary and motor vehicle theft, according to online court records. 

The trial can be watched remotely by clicking here and selecting Courtroom P/Division 2.


Julie Baxter

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Julie Baxter is The Leader's' assistant editor.
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