The trial for a man accused of killing a teen and wounding three others in a shocking road-rage shooting in Westminster three years ago begins Wednesday in Adams County District Court.
Jeremy Webster faces 22 charges in connection with the June 14, 2018, shooting death of 13-year-old Vaughn Bigelow Jr. in a dentist office’s parking lot, according to the Adams County district attorney’s office.
Webster, 26, is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder, assault and violent crimes related to Vaughn’s death and the wounding of the teen’s mother, Meghan, and his then-8-year-old brother, Asa. A bystander, John Gale, also was shot while he sat in his truck in the parking lot.
At a preliminary hearing in October 2018, police relayed gruesome accounts of the shooting from witnesses.
The Bigelows were on their way to a routine dental appointment when Meghan Bigelow got into a confrontation with Webster after trying to change lanes on Sheridan Boulevard because she had heard approaching emegency sirens, according to testimony.
Webster followed the Bigelows to the corner of West 80th Avenue and Sheridan, to the parking lot of their dentist, where he got out of his car and began firing a handgun — first shooting Meghan Bigelow in the back then taking aim at her kids, witnesses said.
A man who had just walked into the dental office told police he saw Webster fatally shoot the 13-year-old.
“He watched him execute this kid,” Westminster police Detective Bernard Vonfeldt testified at the hearing.
Webster fled, and authorities arrested him three hours later on Interstate 25 near Castle Rock.
During the course of the case, attorneys representing Webster delved into his mental health, at one point successfully asking the court to delay legal proceedings.
At the preliminary hearing, police confirmed Webster had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and that he was on anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medications.
In January 2019, Webster pleaded not guilty to all counts.
His trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection on Wednesday before District Court Judge Priscilla Loew.
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