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Colorado judge issues gag order in Dougherty case

A Colorado judge issued a gag order Friday preventing those involved in the Dougherty case from speaking to the media.

District Judge Thomas Flesher issued the order, which prohibits court officials, law enforcement officers and attorneys involved in the case from making any statements that are not public record. The Pueblo County Sheriff's secretary said Sheriff Kirk Taylor won't even comment on whether the siblings — Lee-Grace, 29, Dylan, 26 and Ryan, 21 — are behaving while incarcerated at the Pueblo County jail.

The siblings are accused of shooting at a Zephyrhills police officer Aug. 2 and robbing a Georgia bank that same day, then leading authorities on an eight-day manhunt before being arrested Wednesday after a high-speed pursuit and shootout.

The trio's mother, Barbara Bell of East Palatka, told the Associated Press on Thursday she didn't want to discuss her children's ordeal.

"Thank God they're not tried by the media," she said. "They're tried in a court of law and their story will come out at that time."

Colorado judge issues gag order in Dougherty case 08/12/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 12, 2011 6:05pm]
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