Crime

Kayleah Wilson's ex-boyfriend, Robert Montoya, didn't kill her, attorney says

The search for twelve-year old Greeley resident Kayleah Wilson ended in May with tragic news compounded by shock when prosecutors accused eighteen-year-old Robert Montoya with having a sexual relationship with her.

Today, Montoya's attorney tried to convince a judge to lower the teen's bail, insisting that his client had nothing to do with Kayleah's death.

Of course, Montoya hasn't been charged with murder at this point. However, the size of the bond on him -- $100,000 -- suggests that authorities haven't pushed him out from beneath an umbrella of suspicion.

That explains why public defender Kevin Strobel made a point of telling Judge Marcelo Kopcow that Montoya didn't have anything to do with Kayleah's disappearance, according to 9News.

Unsurprisingly, Kopcow didn't tinker with the bond and established trial dates for November -- which should come as a relief to the Prayer's for Kayleah Wilson's Safe Return Facebook page, a gathering place for her friends and family during the search that continues to be active.

In late June, for instance, numerous commenters marked what would have been Kayleah's thirteenth birthday.

The latest post, from earlier this week, is simple. It reads, "I am praying for Justice."

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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