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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Suspects argued with murder victim in bar, park

8-28-2005 Colorado:
.MONTROSE — The murder of Kevin Eugene Hale, 36, of Montrose, in Buckley Park on July 30 followed an argument in a local bar between Hale and one of the two men accused of second-degree homicide in his death. Adam Paul Hernandez, 21, of Montrose, twice accused Hale of past attempts to molest him prior to the morning Hale’s body was found in Buckley Park, according to the affidavit for his arrest.

The other suspect, Jason Todd Fiske, 24, of Montrose, told a Montrose Police Detective Justin Perry on Aug. 1 that he and Hernandez encountered Hale at the Portal Pub the evening of July 29, according to the affidavit.

The first encounter between Hernandez and Hale, according to Fiske’s statement, occurred at the bar when Hernandez accused Hale of being a pedophile. Hernandez repeated the accusation to Hale in Buckley Park during the early morning hours of July 30, Fiske told police, and this time they came to blows.

“As Hale was walking away, Fiske said he heard Adam say, ‘You like to molest people. You tried to molest me,’” Perry wrote in the affidavit. “He then heard some scuffling, and when Fiske looked, he saw that Adam and Hale were in a physical altercation.”

Fiske told Perry that he intervened in the fight to protect Hernandez, the smallest of the three. “He went over to the two of them and grabbed Hale in a choke hold to pull him away from Adam,” Perry wrote. “Fiske said while he had Hale in the hold, they both fell to the ground. Fiske said as they fell forward, he squeezed Hale harder. When Hale lost his strength, he released him.”

Fiske initially told police he was the only person involved in the altercation with Hale. “He came to the police department to not get anyone else involved or in trouble,” Perry wrote. ..more.. : by RON BAIN, The Daily Sentinel

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