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Judge removes GPS monitoring requirement for Denver security guard shooting suspect

DENVER – Security guard charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of a man Outside of the dueling protests in Denver last year, he will no longer have to wear a GPS tracking device as part of his bail conditions, a judge ruled Friday.

Matthew Dolloff, 31, was due to be arraigned Friday in Denver District Court, but the arraignment continued through April 23. The arraignment was originally scheduled for February 19, but also continued at that time to give the parties more time to prepare.

On April 23, he is expected to be arraigned and his lawyer and prosecutors are also expected to undergo a hearing of motions regarding a defense witness who specializes in cellphones, his lawyer said during Friday’s hearing.

Dolloff is charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of 49-year-old Lee Keltner.

Dolloff’s defense attorney Doug Richards and Kristen Frost asked the judge to remove the requirement from his bail conditions that he wear a GPS monitor at all times, arguing that Dolloff had not violated any condition of his bond so far and that the GPS monitor was “overly cumbersome” and “unnecessary”.

They said the requirement was put in place when he initially faced a charge of first-degree murder, although he was formally charged with the fewer second-degree murders. And the lawyers also noted that no victims were listed in the protective order that was issued.

Zach McCabe, Denver’s senior assistant district attorney, said Keltner’s widow and family members opposed the removal of the requirement and said he believed the bail conditions should remain the same.

But Senior Judge R. Michael Mullins granted the defense request, saying he did not believe Dolloff posed a threat to the community if he did not wear a GPS monitor or that he could leave the jurisdiction of the court and flee.

At the April 23 arraignment, Dolloff will be told the charge against him and will likely plead guilty or not guilty.

Dolloff was working as a security guard hired by Isborn Security Services and Pinkerton on behalf of 9News last October for both protests when he allegedly shot Keltner during a confrontation between the two men.

The two security companies were quoted at the beginning of November for violations of the city’s municipal code related to the employment or direction of an unlicensed security guard.

But Dolloff was not licensed to carry a firearm in Denver and did not have a Denver security guard license, leading to a settlement agreement between Isborn and the city in December and a recommendation issued last month on suspended Pinkerton’s license.

Dolloff was released on $500,000 bond beginning of November.