A 12-year-old boy wanted in connection with a recent homicide in Huerfano County, Colo., was scheduled to be extradited to a youth detention facility in Colorado following an extradition hearing Monday in Santa Fe.
Gage Gleason appeared before District Judge Sarah Singleton dressed in a brown jumpsuit and belly-chain, standing just 4-foot-10, his rounded cheeks and limbs making the sixth-grader appear even younger than his stated age.
The child and his father, Heith Gleason, 35, were arrested on a warrant charging the boy with murder at a McDonald’s restaurant in Santa Fe on Dec. 21.
Huerfano County sheriff’s deputies suspect the boy shot 41-year-old Amy Garcia, whose body was found behind the steering wheel of her burned-out sedan parked in front of Heith Gleason’s house near the unincorporated community of Gardner on Dec. 20, according to the warrant.
Garcia’s family members have told Colorado news outlets she was a single mother of four children.
A man named Spencer Wertz alerted Huerfano County Sheriff’s deputies to Garcia’s death Dec. 20 according to the warrant.
Wertz told officers he, Heith Gleason, Gage and Garcia had just returned from picking up some alcohol at Garcia’s home in Walsenburg. Garcia was in her car outside the Gleason residence when the elder Gleason picked up a gun, said “I’ll kill her,” and went outside, according to the warrant.
“Mr. Wertz stated a heard a gunshot but that Mr. Heith Gleason came back into the residence and stated ‘he did not kill her,’” according to the warrant. “[The witness] continued to say that Mr. Gage Gleason then went outside with a .22 caliber firearm with a scope and once more [he] heard more gunshots and that Mr. Heith Gleason then stated his son Gage ‘had earned his man card.’ ”
Authorities tracked the father and son via Heith Gleason’s cellphone — which the warrant says “pinged” in Trinidad, Colo., and then in Ribera — before arresting the pair without incident in Santa Fe.
Gage Gleason’s mother attended the extradition hearing Monday, and Singleton allowed the boy to embrace and exchange a few words with her before he was escorted out of court by a Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy following the hearing.
Santa Fe District Attorney Marco Serna said the boy signed documents voluntarily agreeing to be returned to Colorado, where he faces a charge of first-degree murder.
His mother declined to comment following the hearing. Gage Gleason was represented during the hearing by Public Defender Mark Dickson.
Heith Gleason is still in custody at the Santa Fe County jail, according to online records. It’s not clear what if any charges he will face in connection with the case.
Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman did not return a call seeking comment.