Weld County Murder Case Against Man Accused of Killing Mother Will Proceed
A Weld County district judge ruled on Wednesday that enough probable cause exists for a murder case against a man accused in the 2018 killing of his mother to proceed to district court.
Joseph K. Ribble faces first-degree murder and aggravated motor vehicle theft charges in connection to the death of his mother, 65-year-old Lila Ann “Susie” King. King’s body was discovered by neighbors on July 24 inside her home at the River Valley Village mobile home park in Del Camino east of Longmont.
The Weld County District Attorney’s Office in a news release announced that Ribble appeared in court Wednesday morning for a preliminary hearing. At the conclusion of the hearing, Weld County District Judge Julie Hoskins ruled enough evidence exists for the case to proceed.
Prosecutors allege that Ribble fled the state in his mother’s SUV and abandoned one of her dogs in New Mexico before heading to Texas. He allegedly told Weld County Sheriff’s Office investigators he twice fled to Mexico.
During a three-hour interview with Weld County sheriff’s investigators in Texas, Ribble denied killing King. Detectives left after he asked to speak with a lawyer, only to return 10 minutes later when Ribble changed his mind and said he had accidentally killed King, according an arrest warrant affidavit.
He is due back in court on May 17.
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