A judge has opted not to set the arraignment for the Denver man accused of murdering his wife until the Colorado Supreme Court can rule on a financial matter that could dictate who represents him.
Robert Feldman has been charged with first-degree murder for the 2015 death of his wife, Stacy Feldman. Her death had originally been classified as “undetermined,” but a prosecution expert testified there was evidence she had been strangled.
This evidence and a three-year-long investigation led to Robert Feldman’s arrest in 2018. He is currently free on a $1 million bond.
The court proceedings in the murder case have been delayed multiple times. This comes after a probate court ruling froze Feldman’s assets, forcing him to obtain a public defender.
That public defender argued for a delay, arguing that if the Colorado Supreme Court overturned the probate court’s ruling, Feldman may no longer qualify for her services and would need to look for private representation.
During Monday's status conference, the judge agreed with the defense's rationale and opted not to set an arraignment date until the Colorado Supreme Court had made a decision. He argued that while this is a further delay in the short term, it might prevent more holdups down the line.
Stacy Feldman died on March 1, 2015. Robert Feldman initially reported to police that he found his wife unresponsive in a bathtub, according to court documents obtained by 9Wants to Know.
She was pronounced dead a short time later.
According to Denver police Det. Randal Denison, who wrote the affidavit in the case, Robert Feldman allegedly interfered with paramedics and appeared to a Denver police detective “to be acting as if (in) shock or confused.” At one point, Denison wrote, Robert Feldman walked away “as if he was confused, giving your affiant the impression he was over acting in an effort to avoid speaking with him.”
Firefighters at the scene that day later described Robert Feldman as “over-dramatic” and “purposely not cooperative,” according to the affidavit.
Stacy Feldman, a mother of two, had been president of the parent-teacher organization at Southmoor Elementary School in Denver and worked for PSC Partners Seeking a Cure, a non-profit organization that funds family support, treatments and the search for a cure for a liver condition called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.
Just hours before her husband reported finding her in the tub, she had been told her husband had an affair after meeting a woman on the dating app, Tinder, according to court documents.
Robert Feldman is due back in Denver District Court for another status conference at 1:30 p.m. on July 22.
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