GREELEY — The man accused of killing two Greeley residents will not get bond. He will be back in court on April 30.
Kevin Dean Eastman, 48, appeared in Weld District Court on Tuesday in front of Judge Marcelo Kopkow. Eastman also goes by the name Kevin Quintana.
Kopkow read aloud the formal charges against Eastman and explained to him that all combined, he faces two, life-without-parole sentences along with several additional years for additional charges. He also explained that under Colorado’s current laws, he could face the death penalty.
Colorado legislators, however, are just a few days from repealing the death penalty in Colorado. Governor Jared Polis has said he will sign it.
Eastman was originally arrested in Larimer County in connection with the death of 53-year-old Greeley musician Stanley Scott Sessions. Sessions was found dead near Old Flowers and Pingree Park roads in Bellvue, northwest of Fort Collins on Feb. 10. Sessions had not been seen since Feb. 8th when he told his father he was going to Fort Collins to see a friend.
Nearly a week after Sessions’ body was discovered, 48-year-old Greeley resident Heather Frank was found dead at a home east of Greeley, just off U.S. 34 in Kersey. It is unknown why Frank was at that location, or how long she had been dead. Kopkow said in court Tuesday that Sessions’ death occurred between Feb. 8-10, and Frank’s death occurred on either the 15th or 16th.
The estimated time of deaths means Frank was alive between five and eight days following Sessions’ death. Frank had a warrant for her arrest for 1st Degree murder at the time of her death, which was issued in connection with the killing of Sessions. It is unknown what role if any, Frank played in Sessions’ death.
Frank’s body was found while Weld County Sheriff deputies were assisting Larimer County Sheriff deputies execute a search warrant at the home in conjunction with the Sessions’ case.
Eastman was eventually charged for both killings in Weld County. He was charged with two counts of 1st Degree Murder, two counts of tampering with a deceased human body, two counts of tampering with evidence and one count of possession of a weapon by a previous offender. Kopkow noted that weapon to be a .22-caliber firearm.
Eastman also has two “no-bond” warrants for his arrest in Denver. Kopkow said Eastman could ultimately be transported to Denver to face those charges when his case in Weld County is completed.
The cause and manner of Sessions’ and Frank’s death are not being released at this time because of ongoing investigations. Kopkow agreed to seal the arrest affidavit for up to an additional 90 days while the investigation continues.
Eastman, who was brought into court in hand and ankle shackles is being represented by the public defender’s office. He was also ordered to submit to swab tests that were taken immediately following Tuesday’s hearing.
Both Frank’s and Session’s family were in the courtroom on Tuesday, neither spoke to media about the case. Eastman will next appear in court at 9 a.m. on April 30 for a status conference.
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