Jan. 14—The suspect in a 2019 Fourmile Canyon murder still has not been transferred to the state hospital for treatment after being deemed incompetent to proceed to trial in September.
Stephen Christopher Wolf, 28, is charged with first-degree murder after deliberation, felony murder, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, tampering with a deceased human body, vehicular eluding and tampering with physical evidence in the death of Jeffrey Michael Lynch, 57.
Wolf was declared incompetent to proceed in September, and ordered to undergo restoration efforts at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.
But at a hearing Friday, Boulder District Judge Thomas Mulvahill said Wolf has still not been transported to the state hospital, and he was forced to once again delay the case.
The state hospital has been dealing with delays and capacity issues in large part due to the COVID pandemic, while the Boulder County jail is also dealing the COVID and staffing issues.
"Only so many things in this world I can control," Mulvahill said. "His transfer to the state hospital is not one of them."
Wolf was absent from the hearing after refusing to appear in person or by video from the Boulder County Jail, according to deputies.
Wolf, who will be held in custody without bond during the case, is now set for another review hearing on March 16.
According to an arrest affidavit, Lynch was reported missing July 30, 2019, by his son after Lynch failed to show up at his girlfriend's house on the previous Sunday.
Lynch was a general contractor and had been working on a vacant house on Camino Bosque in Fourmile Canyon, so the property owners went to see if Lynch was there. The owners arrived and found Wolf, who they did not know, sitting in Lynch's car in the garage.
The property owner confronted Wolf, who said he was there to clean before saying the police were after him. The homeowner said she had not hired anyone to work on the house other than Lynch, and called the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.
When deputies arrived, they found Wolf carrying shovels in a trash bag, according to the affidavit. Wolf saw the deputies and ran into the garage, but the two deputies were able to handcuff him.
Deputies searched Lynch's car and found Lynch's body wrapped in plastic in the trunk of the vehicle.
The coroner's office ruled the cause of Lynch's death was "homicidal violence by unspecified means." While the report could not specify any exact injuries Lynch sustained, due in part to decomposition of the body, a forensic pathologist ruled the manner of death a homicide.
Prosecutors said Wolf, who had been trying to elude police following a traffic stop two days before being found with the body, broke into the home in the hopes of finding fuel for his car, and killed Lynch upon finding him in the house.
Wolf also has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault after reportedly assaulting an inmate at the jail.
That case also remains on hold.