Woman accused of shooting Longmont postal carrier charged with first-degree murder

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Oct. 19—The woman accused of shooting and killing a postal carrier in Longmont has been formally charged with first-degree murder.

Devan Rebecca Schreiner, 26, was charged Tuesday in Boulder District Court with first-degree murder after deliberation in the death of her ex-boyfriend, Jason Schaefer, 33.

Schreiner, who appeared in custody, was advised of her rights by Boulder District Judge Thomas Mulvahill. Mulvahill noted that because Schreiner is charged with a Class 1 felony, she will not be eligible for bond until a hearing can be held.

Schreiner is now set for a proof-evident presumption great hearing on Jan. 10 to determine if there is probable cause for the case to continue and for Schreiner to continue to he held without bond.

Schreiner's attorney, Jennifer Engelmann, said Schreiner was willing to waive her right to a preliminary hearing within 35 days of the filing of charges to accommodate the hearing.

Engelmann added that depending on the amount of evidence and the complexity of the case, she might ask for the hearing to be pushed back even further.

First-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

According to an affidavit, Longmont police were called to Sicily Circle at 12:32 p.m. Oct. 13 for a report of shots fired, followed by another call from a resident saying a postal worker had been shot near their mailbox.

Schaefer, 33, was found with a gunshot wound to his face and life-saving attempts were unsuccessful, according to the affidavit.

Police said video surveillance indicated four shots were fired, followed by a person fleeing the area on foot.

According to an affidavit, when a postmaster arrived at the scene, they asked if the mother of Schaefer's child was a suspect. Police then discovered Schaefer had filed documents on Oct. 11, two days before the shooting, pertaining to parenting time and that Schreiner was supposed to have been served with those documents.

In addition to the new filings, court records show two prior child custody cases involving Schreiner and Schaefer.

Schaefer had previously received threats from Schreiner, according to a witness in the case.

Schreiner had also worked at the Longmont post office until two weeks before the shooting, when she was fired because of an incident between her and Schaefer.

According to the affidavit, Schreiner recently had been working at the Loveland post office as a mail carrier. Police did obtain GPS information from the U.S. Postal Service on Schreiner's scanner, but the location information obtained was redacted in the affidavit. However, the GPS information did indicate the scanner was stationary for an extended period of time, which a U.S. Postal Service investigator said was unusual.

At 5:27 p.m. Oct. 13, Schreiner called Longmont police and agreed to come in and speak with detectives. She drove to the station, and her vehicle was towed to an evidence lot.

Schreiner's statements to police were redacted in the affidavit.

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