Springs man accused of vigilante killing after a child was sexually molested
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs man will be tried for first-degree murder in the apparent vigilante slaying of a man accused by a child of sexually assaulting her.
The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/H95NNS ) that 27-year-old Otto Pobanz III faces life behind bars if convicted in the June 24 death of William "Billy" Walsh. Walsh was placed shackled into a car and then shot to death in a weed-strewn lot.
The attack occurred one day after a 6-year-old girl reported that Walsh had molested her.
Also bound over for trial on first-degree murder charges at the hearing Friday was Colton Riley Fuentes. Fuentes is a 17-year-old accused of being present when Walsh was slain.
According to a videotaped statement played in court Friday, Pobanz took responsibility for the crime during a police interrogation.
"I stuck up for that little girl," Pobanz said after providing a detailed statement in which he described how he broke into Walsh's apartment through a window and used a revolver and brass knuckles to "beat him from one side of the house to the other."
Pobanz said he didn't intend to shoot Walsh, however, claiming the gun went off as he again pistol-whipped the shackled man.
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