May Trial Set for Teen Accused of Stabbing Longmont Woman to Death
A teen accused of stabbing a Longmont woman to death and planning to kill others on his “death list” will face a jury trial in the spring.
Aidan von Grabow, 16, is charged with first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder, attempted first-degree arson, extortion, two counts of felony menacing, three counts of stalking, third-degree assault of an at-risk person, criminal mischief and telephone harassment.
The three-week trial will begin on May 6, with May 3 reserved for a motions hearing and jury questionnaires.
Von Grabow appeared Friday morning in Boulder County District Court for a status conference. He was originally scheduled for a December trial, but that was delayed as the court waited for von Grabow’s psychological evaluation.
Von Grabow is accused of killing Makayla Grote, 20, in November 2017 at her Longmont apartment. Police believe he intended to kill Grote’s younger sister, who prosecutors say was on his “death list.”
While von Grabow was 15 at the time of the murder, prosecutors successfully argued in March to transfer his case from juvenile to adult court.
Defense attorneys have argued that von Grabow suffered from “involuntary intoxication” at the time of the offense . They claim there was a negative interaction between the acne medication Claravis and the antidepressant Wellbutrin, which von Grabow was prescribed during a nine-day commitment at Highlands Behavioral Health Facility in October 2017.
While von Grabow’s psychological evaluation addressed the issue of competency, Boulder County Chief Trial Deputy District Attorney Adrian VanNice said that is not being challenged in this case. Instead, the evaluation was to ensure both sides have enough information to fairly litigate the issues during the trial if the defense chooses to assert an argument related to mental health, such as involuntary intoxication.
Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, firstname.lastname@example.org