Laybourn shooting determined self defense
A Washington County man will not be charged in the shooting death of his adult son, it was announced late last week.
Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke announced last Friday the he declined to file charges against Stanley Laybourn, 65, of Cope, after it was determined he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed his 31-year-old son, Leyton. The Weld County D.A.’s Office was appointed as special prosecutor for purposes of this investigation because of the relationship between Stanley Laybourn, the victim and Washington County commissioner Lea Ann Laybourn. Following an investigation completed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, it was determined that on August 13 shortly before 8 p.m. Stanley, who is partially paralyzed and disabled, was forcefully pushed by Leyton and thrown into a planting pot. While on the ground, Stanley shot Leyton once in self-defense. Leyton died later that night at Yuma District Hospital. “When determining whether to file charges, we must wait on a complete and thorough investigation,” said Rourke. “After looking at the evidence provided by CBI, all signs point towards self-defense.” The charges against Laybourn were officially dismissed Friday afternoon.
Laybourn was being held in the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Justice Center on a $250,000 bond facing a second-degree murder charge, after being advised in court two days after the shooting. He was scheduled to have a status conference this past Monday, August 28, prior to Rourke’s announcement last Friday.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office for the 13th Judicial District had requested the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to assist in the investigation.
District Attorney Brittny Lewton of the 13th Judicial District also had filed a motion to turn the case over to the Weld County District Attorney, which was granted by Judge Michael Singer. Lewton said there was a conflict because of Lea Ann Laybourn’s role as a Washington County commissioner, which helps fund the District Attorney’s Office, as well as the fact Laybourn is scheduled to take over duties on the 13th Judicial’s victim’s compensation board in October.