Crime, Featured, Greeley, Sherrie Peif, Weld County

Preliminary hearing for man accused of driving through Eaton pro-police rally postponed

GREELEY — The man accused of driving through a crowd of people at a pro-police and Trump rally in Eaton last summer, has had his preliminary hearing postponed to July at the request of attorneys on both sides who said they are working on a plea deal.

Isaiah Cordova’s attorney Robert Ray told the court that he and the District Attorney’s office had new information that could lead to a plea agreement and wanted some additional time to work that out.

Isaiah Cordova

Ray said, however, that he wanted to reserve his client’s right to a preliminary hearing if an agreement could not be met.

Weld District Court Judge Julie Hoskins agreed to the postponement and set a new hearing date for 9 a.m. on July 9, nearly one year after Cordova drove his SUV through a crowded park in Eaton.

Cordova, 22 of Eaton, was initially arrested in July on seven counts of first-degree assault, seven counts of felony menacing, and one count of reckless driving. The charges came after Cordova was accused of jumping curbs and driving through a park nearly hitting more than a dozen people, including four young children.

On Jan. 6, the Weld County District Attorney’s office amended the charges to seven counts of second-degree assault causing injury with a deadly weapon, felony menacing with a weapon, seven counts of attempted murder with extreme indifference and an “enhancer” charge of committing a violent crime with a weapon.

The rally, which ran along Collins St. just west of U.S. 85 in the northern Weld County community of Eaton started at 3 p.m. and drew at least 300 people with flags, signs, and music. The rally, which was organized by the Northern Colorado Young Republicans, was the largest to date in Weld County. Previous rallies in Greeley, Evans and in front of the Weld Sheriff’s Office had all been peaceful.

About 30 minutes in, however, Cordova was seen in a red SUV and began taunting the crowd driving east along Collins yelling and flipping off supporters.

Cordova has a history of protesting and contempt for both President Trump and his supporters, as well as law enforcement according to his social media profile.

Cordova is currently free on a $5,000 bond.

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