In a rare ruling, an El Paso County judge dismissed a murder charge against Matthew Houston for the February death of Manuel "Manny" Vigil. Matthew Houston was represented by David Foley of The Foley Law Firm.
When it comes to crimes committed by juveniles, Colorado tries to take a restorative approach whenever possible. That word "restorative" is even explicitly written into Colorado law. As Colorado Revised Statutes Title 19 Children's Code § 19-2-102 states:
For a defendant, sitting in jail while waiting for the resolution of a criminal case can have devastating financial and emotional effects. You can lose your job. You can lose custody of your children. You can lose your home or be evicted from your apartment. And a long period of pretrial incarceration could tempt you into accepting a bad plea bargain.