Fugitive siblings due in Colorado court Tuesday

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Posted: Sep 20, 2011 3:06 AM
Fugitive siblings due in Colorado court Tuesday

State prosecutors will present their case against three siblings accused in a cross-country crime spree that began in Florida and ended with in a police chase and gunplay in southern Colorado.

Lee Grace Dougherty (DOCK'er-tee), 29, and her brothers Dylan Stanley-Dougherty, 26, and Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21, are expected in court Tuesday in Walsenburg for a preliminary hearing. Such hearings in Colorado are where judges hear from arresting officers to determine if there's enough evidence to hold a trial.

Authorities say the three robbed a bank in Georgia and shot at police officers in Florida and Colorado. The siblings also are suspected in two car thefts in Utah.

The widely publicized cross-country manhunt for the Doughertys ended Aug. 10 in Huerfano, Colo., on after a chase on Interstate 25. The chase began when the trio was spotted near Colorado City, Colo., about 140 miles south of Denver, authorities said.

The Doughertys are accused of firing an AK-47 at pursuing officers before running over spike strips, blowing a tire, rolling their vehicle and crashing into a guardrail. No officers were hit by the automatic weapon fire. Authorities said Lee Grace Dougherty was shot in the leg after getting out of the crashed vehicle and aiming a gun at an officer.

"I deserved to get shot," she later told authorities, according to an arrest affidavit.

Each sibling faces five counts of attempted second-degree murder and five counts of first-degree assault, with each of those charges carrying a separate sentence enhancing charge of a being crime of violence.

Each also is charged with vehicle theft, theft by receiving and displaying fictitious or altered license plates.

Prosecutors accused Ryan Dougherty of being the driver during the Colorado chase and charged him with vehicular eluding. Lee Grace Dougherty is charged with three additional first-degree assault counts, each with an accompanying charge of being a crime of violence.

Each defendant is being held on a $1.25 million bond.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have declined to discuss evidence involving any of the Colorado charges, citing a limited gag order issued by a judge at the request of lawyers for two of the siblings.

The siblings have not yet entered pleas.