Judge finds probable cause in Golden murder case

Bond also denied for suspects Polaski and Barclay

Posted 7/2/19

The court has yet to determine if the two suspects accused of murdering a Golden man in April will be tried together. Joshua Polaske, 28, and Laci Barclay, 25, had a joint preliminary hearing on June …

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Judge finds probable cause in Golden murder case

Bond also denied for suspects Polaski and Barclay

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The court has yet to determine if the two suspects accused of murdering a Golden man in April will be tried together.

Joshua Polaske, 28, and Laci Barclay, 25, had a joint preliminary hearing on June 28, during which the judge found sufficient evidence to bound over all the charges that both suspects face.

Their charges stem from an April 13 incident for which Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a gunshot wound in the 800 block of Kilmer Street, which is near the I-70 and West Colfax Avenue interchange. The victim, Kristian Macleod, 44, was found suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries and was pronounced dead just before 5 p.m.

Polaske has seven counts against him, which are the felony charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a weapon by a previous offender; and two sentence enhancers of violent crime as well as special offender as it relates to felony drug charges.

Barclay faces three felony charges — accessory to murder, distribution of a controlled substance and first-degree murder.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Investigator Richard Gove testified on June 28 that Barclay entered Macleod’s home about midday on April 13 without knocking, as her girlfriend was good friends with Macleod’s fiancée. While MacLeod was cooking food in the kitchen, Barclay told the fiancée that she had two males with her, and that she wanted to show Macleod some black tar heroin. Barclay went to her car and returned with the two men — one was Polaske and the other was a 15-year-old, who, testimony revealed was Polaske’s neighbor.

A while later, Macleod gave his fiancée his debit card and asked her to withdraw $300. Barclay drove her to an ATM. When they returned, Macleod told his fiancée to give Barclay $150 and hold onto the rest of it.

During this time, a friend who was a mechanic was doing some work on the fiancée’s car. The investigator testified that the fiancée had purchased a lottery ticket the night before and that she thought it was a big winner. Against the advice of Barclay’s girlfriend, the fiancée told Barclay about the ticket. But the fiancée gave it to the mechanic friend for safe keeping.

Eventually, Barclay, Polaski and the 15-year-old left and went to a nearby restaurant to eat. The Investigator testified that the 15-year-old stated that Barclay and Polaski were discussing going back to Macleod’s later that night to rob him of drugs, guns and the lottery ticket.

However, the fiancée called Barclay wanting more meth, the investigator said during testimony, so the three left the restaurant and returned to Macleod’s. When they arrived, the 15-year-old said they saw the fiancée crying and that Macleod struck her or attempted to hit her, and told her to leave, according to the investigator.

Polaski and Barclay got into an argument with Macleod, and eventually, Macleod told them to get out of his house.

The fiancée told investigators that she was taking some belongings to her car, and that she heard gunshots fired, then Polaski, Barclay and the 15-year-old run out of the house, Gove said.

During the course of the investigation, the witnesses had identified both Barclay and Polaski through photograph line-ups. Barclay was arrested on April 14 and Polaske was arrested on April 15.

The preliminary hearing lasted about five hours and Gove was the only witness the prosecution called to testify.

Following the preliminary hearing, Polaski entered a not guilty plea. The court set 3 p.m. Aug. 5 for Barclay’s arraignment.

The judge also denied bond for both defendants.

The hearing to determine if Barclay and Polaski will be tried together takes place at 4 p.m. July 8.

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