Steamboat Man Not Guilty Of Manslaughter

A Routt County jury Friday, found Darin Dickey not guilty of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for his role in the death of his girlfriend, Sarah Lay.

The Steamboat Springs Police Department investigation and trial testimony indicated that, between 3 and 4 am on the morning of July 4, 2016, Dickey arrived at his brother Doug Dickey’s home and found Lay in bed with him.  Darin then “yanked” her out of bed and Lay struck her head on a dresser.  Darin Dickey then dragged her to the living room and went to sleep next to her.  Medical assistance was not requested until mid morning.  A CT scan that day indicated a massive hematoma on the brain.  Lay was transported to a Denver Hospital where she died on July 5.  Alcohol was involved in the case.

Commander Annette Dopplick, Steamboat Springs Police Department, stated, “The prevalence of domestic violence and substance abuse in our community necessitates the need for continued intervention, prevention, treatment and recovery services.  The SSPD remains committed to bringing crimes of domestic violence to the forefront of our efforts.  I appreciate the law enforcement, advocates, prosecutors and medical professionals who work collaboratively each day to address these crimes.  Domestic violence is often a hidden side of substance abuse. My hope is each person touched by this tragedy moves forward with compassionate outreach to a victim in need.  Ms. Sarah Lay’s family and friends continue to be in our thoughts.”

District Attorney Brett Barkey stated, “We greatly appreciate the jury’s close attention to this case and respect their decision.  Sadly, this case is an example of the potentially fatal consequences of unaddressed alcohol abuse and domestic violence.  Despite the dedicated efforts of so many in Routt County, we still have more to do as a community to prevent these tragedies from occurring in the first place.  We extend our deepest condolences to Ms. Lay’s family.”


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