Christopher Rizo charged in truck-stop shooting, 1st Degree Murder


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The man accused of shooting two men and leaving one dead on Super Bowl Sunday appeared in court Tuesday, receiving his 11 charges while one of his victims appeared in the courtroom by phone.

Christopher Rizo is formally charged today with 11 felonies.

The list includes first-degree murder, attempt to commit murder in the second degree, first-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and more.

Appearing by phone in court, the surviving victim listened in. The deceased victim’s children also were on the phone.

Because Rizo is charged with first-degree murder, the prosecutor on the case is looking to schedule a proof evident presumption great hearing.

The hearing would allow Rizo to be held without bond throughout his case.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Shortly after 8:30 p.m., Grand Junction police were dispatched to the TA Express truck stop on Highway 6 & 50, on a report of shots fired.

Officers found two victims with gunshot wounds, one of them was deceased, the other was taken to the hospital.

The kidnapping charges are connected to both victims of the shooting. The details are still unavailable.

The aggravated robbery charges say Rizo stole a firearm and a cellphone from the two victims he allegedly shot.

Rizo will be back in court on March 11th.

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