FARMINGTON — Alton King will face six felonies and two misdemeanor charges in district court because of his involvement in an armed robbery in Farmington.
Magistrate Judge James Mosberger bound over to district court eight of the 10 crimes King was charged with after a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning.
Police said King, 41, forced his way into a home held a mother and her son at gunpoint and demanded money from them before he stole a computer and fled the scene. He was arrested later that night.
During King’s hearing, Renelda Herrera, the robbery victim, said King demanded $150 he had given Herrera’s boyfriend for drugs.
Herrera testified that her nine-year-old son was in the room during the robbery and her 14-year-old autistic daughter was also in the house.
Eric Morrow, King’s attorney, argued in court the state failed to meet it’s burden of proof on a child abuse charge and the felony gun possession charge King is accused of.
Mosberger bound both those charges over to district court.
Morrow also unsuccessfully tried to get King’s bond reduced. King is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $175,000 bond.
King is charged with aggravated burglary and armed robbery, which are second-degree felonies, child abuse, a third-degree felony and aggravated assault, shooting from a motor vehicle and felon in possession of a firearm, which are fourth-degree felonies.
Prior to King’s preliminary hearing on Wednesday, prosecutors dismissed two conspiracy charges King has also been charged with.
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