Trial Set for Greeley Man Charged in Cannon Malfunction Death

Trial has been set for a Greeley man who was charged in the death of a woman after a cannon malfunctioned three years ago.

31-year-old Max Fenton’s trial is scheduled to start July 17th.

The incident happened in Greeley on the night of July 2nd, 2016. An improvised cannon made from a sawed-off barrel of a .50-caliber, black powder rifle was supposed to serve as a noisemaker. Authorities say the rear of the barrel “blew out”, sending fragments toward where 55-year-old Lori Heims was sitting, hitting her in the head. She died later at a hospital.

Fenton has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and two fireworks charges.

The trial has been delayed because of legal maneuvering. Judge Michael Shubatt noted previous trial delays and says in court records that he won’t delay it again for further preparations or negotiations between the parties.


story contribution from Associated Press