Emergency Motion Filed in Douglas Thames Murder Case
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Defense attorney's have filed an emergency motion in the Douglas Thames murder case after the 41-year-old was diagnosed with a potentially serious illness.
Thames's defense requested for him to be able to get a professional treatment diagnosis, which could be radiation or chemotherapy.
The outcome of the appointment could determine whether or not Thames can appear for future cases, but the defense said they will provide documentation on his upcoming appointments and treatments to the court.
The defense is also moving forward with a motion to investigate the room where Thames was interrogated and gave statements the district attorney plans on using against him in trial.
Attorney's for Thames say access to the interrogation room at the department of corrections facility where he was interrogated have repeatedly been denied and are hoping a court order will change that.
They say their own investigation is necessary for Thames's defense. The district attorney argued the size and location of the room is irrelevant to the statements given by Thames.
Lastly, a motion to allow Thames to wear civilian clothes during his upcoming motions hearing was also submitted. Typically, inmates are only allowed to wear civilian dress during preliminary hearings, jury trials and sentencing. The judge requested a list of dates Thames wanted to dress in civilian garb but has not yet made a ruling.
Thames is tentatively scheduled to return to court for his next motions hearing on November, 26.
The DA and defense are expected to present arguments on the statements made by Thames while he was being interrogated.