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Hearing for Justin Bannan in Boulder shooting case delayed due to change in attorneys

Former NFL, CU Buffs lineman accused of shooting woman in the arm

Justin Bannan walks toward the Boulder County Justice Center on Monday before a preliminary hearing. Bannan, a former NFL and University of Colorado Boulder lineman, is charged with attempted murder and first-degree assault in connection with an October shooting at Black Lab Sports in Boulder.
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The preliminary hearing for Boulder shooting suspect Justin Bannan has been delayed after the former NFL and University of Colorado Boulder lineman got a new defense attorney.

Bannan, 40, is charged with attempted first-degree murder after deliberation, attempted first-degree murder with extreme indifference, first-degree assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury, first-degree assault with extreme indifference and carrying a weapon on school grounds.

A preliminary hearing for those charges was set for Monday, but Bannan’s new defense attorney, Harvey Steinberg, asked Boulder County Judge Zak Malkinson for a continuance because Steinberg had not had enough time to prepare for the hearing after receiving the case.

Noting that this was Bannan’s first such request, Malkinson granted the continuance and set a new preliminary hearing date for Dec. 31. Bannan, who appeared at the hearing free on $500,000 bond, had already waived his right to a preliminary hearing within 35 days of his arrest.

According to police, Bannan used a handgun to shoot a 36-year-old woman in the arm on Oct. 16 at Black Lab Sports, 3550 Frontier Ave. The woman was transported to Boulder Community Health’s Foothills Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to an affidavit, the woman went to unlock her therapy room in the building when Bannan, who was already in the room, instantly shot her in the shoulder while she was standing in the doorway.

The woman said she knew Bannan, but only because he was part owner of the building and she would see him occasionally pass in the hallway. Bannan is listed as the co-founder of Black Lab Sports, but the woman worked for a company called Element 6 that operates inside the same building but is not a part of Black Lab Sports.

When police found Bannan at the scene, he was carrying a bag containing two loaded handguns, along with an extra magazine. They also found a rolled-up $20 bill coated with a white substance that tested positive for cocaine.

Bannan told police he “didn’t mean to shoot her,” and that he was just hiding in the room because the Russian Mafia was after him and tracking his cellphone. He said he only fired the gun once and that it was an “accident.”

Bannan played for the CU Buffs from 1997 to 2001 before being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2002. He spent 11 years in the NFL, including a two stints with the Denver Broncos.

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