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Verdict expected Thursday in trial of Cañon City councilman

CAÑON CITY, Colo. - Jurors are expected to reach a verdict Thursday in the trial of a Cañon City councilman accused of assaulting an elderly couple.

Michael "Colby" Katchmar is accused of starting a fight with a woman at a wine-tasting event at Michael's on Main on May 30.

Margene Martin said she was seated beside Katchmar and asked him what he was going to do about a mosquito problem by her home. Katchmar then "blew up in my face," Margene Martin said. She said Katchmar began calling her vulgar words. "I'm not used to men talking to me like that," she testified.

Margene said when she and her husband, Robert Martin, left the event around 8:45 p.m., Katchmar was blocking the front door. Margene Martin said Robert Martin and her walked around him. She said as they were walking toward the car, she heard Katchmar shout: I've been assaulted!" Margene Martin said she thought it was bizarre because neither she nor her husband had touched Katchmar. 

Moments later, Margene Martin said she stepped out of her car and Thomas Lockhart, a local artist, grabbed her arms and threw her onto the ground. "He was a total stranger. I was frightened," she said. Margene Martin said she suffered two fractures on her hip and a contusion on her head. "My head was just bleeding profusely."

Margene Martin said she never saw Katchmar or Lockhart hit her husband.  

Lockhart entered a plea deal Wednesday, pleading guilty to third-degree assault of an at-risk adult. Judge David Thorson decided to postpone Lockhart's sentencing until Katchmar's trial is completed.

At the end of testimony on Wednesday, Katchmar had not decided whether he would be testifying Thursday. Thorson said closing arguments need to be finished by noon Thursday.

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