- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A man in jail on investigation of murder and attempted murder charges has been sending strange letters to an El Paso County judge while he waits for his trial.

The Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1NZlp4Q ) that 25-year-old Marcus Smith has been awaiting trial since 2011 in connection to the death of 87-year-old Kathryn Grazioli. He recently was accused of attempted murder for attacking an El Paso County jail guard.

Through an open records request, the Gazette found Smith has sent more than a dozen letters to a judge between 2012 and April of last year. The letters accuse the court of calling him “black” when he is actually “brown” and claim he is innocent and that his incarceration is “torture.”

Smith has had at least 58 hearings since his arrest and has yet to be arraigned.


Information from: The Gazette, https://www.gazette.com

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