Jeffco judge sets suspects’ bond in fatal rock-throwing crime

A judge set bond Wednesday morning for the three suspects involved in a fatal rock-throwing incident in Jefferson County after hearing from the victim’s loved ones.

Alexa Bartell, 20, was killed on April 19 after a rock crashed into her windshield as she drove northbound on Indiana Street in Jefferson County. Three 18-year-olds were arrested and are now accused of throwing rocks at multiple vehicles that evening, including the one that killed Bartell.

The suspects were identified as Nicholas Karol-Chik, Zachary Kwak and Joseph Koenig. They were arrested on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, second-degree assault and attempted second-degree assault a week after the crime.

During a status conference in Jefferson County court on Wednesday morning, First Judicial District Judge Christopher Zenisek set bond at $2 million cash-only after emotional pleas from Bartell’s family and partner. The judge also extended the preliminary hearing from July to September due to the large amount of evidence.

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