Man acquitted of murder in 2015 heads to trial for Longmont assault case

One of the men tried and acquitted in the 2014 murder of Lafayette‘s Nate Tallman is heading to trial on a separate assault case.

Moises Mendez, 31, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge of second-degree assault causing serious bodily injury.

He is scheduled for a three-day trial in Boulder County District Court starting June 17.

According to an arrest affidavit, Mendez is accused of assaulting his former co-worker in 2017 at a Longmont car detailing shop.

The co-worker told police in November 2017 that he asked Mendez if he was ready for another call, and then Mendez got angry and starting yelling at him. Mendez then pushed him to the ground, fracturing his second lumbar vertebra, according to the affidavit.

The victim did not initially report the incident because he was afraid of Mendez, who had told him, “I‘m not afraid of jail. I have done stuff. You should be afraid and need to respect me.”

Longmont police were unable to immediately find Mendez. .

In addition to a lengthy history of arrests for drugs, assault and felony menacing, in 2014 Mendez was charged, along with Daniel Ortiz, with felony murder in the shooting death of Tallman, whose body was found in Wyoming.

In prosecutors‘ opening and closing statements at the trial, they indicated that Mendez was believed to be the person who actually shot Tallman.

A Boulder County jury found both Mendez and Ortiz in 2015.