Paonia Man Accused of Murder Wants to See Daughter

Apr 20th @ 6:09 am in News by Scott Staley

Nathan Yager

DELTA – A Paonia man accused of killing his estranged wife in January waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday, but is fighting to contact his 18-month-old daughter. According to the Daily Press, Nathan Yager’s attorney says Yager has never been a threat to his daughter, and the crime he’s accused of, second-degree murder of Melinda Tackett Yager, was allegedly nowhere near the child. Yager will be arraigned April 25th in Delta District Court.

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Yager appears in court. The Paonia man accused of killing his wife was formally charged earlier this week. According to the Daily Press, Nathan Yager is charged with second-degree murder as an act of domestic violence in the January 7th stabbing death of his wife Melinda. The two were involved in a bitter divorce and custody battle and had actually attended a restraining order hearing earlier that day. Hours after the attack, Nathan turned himself over to authorities. He is expected in Delta District Court today where a bond might be set.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 9:37a Friday February 4, 2011)

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Nathan Yager’s court hearing has been continued until Feb. 4th. A court hearing for Nathan Yager, 39, of Paonia, originally set for Jan. 19, has been continued until Feb. 4 at 4 p.m., according to the clerk’s office of the Delta County Combined Courts.  The Watch explains that Yager is accused of killing his estranged wife, Melinda, on Jan 7th.  The two did have a history of domestic violence calls and were going through a bitter divorce and custody battle over their 15 month old daughter.  Melinda’s body was found by a friend near railroad tracks close to her home in Paonia.  Nathan Yager turned himself in that same day to the Montrose Police.  He currently faces charges of domestic violence and first-degree murder.
Source: The Watch (Posted 4:30p by Jim Kapp Tuesday February 1, 2011)

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Paonia woman bled to death. The Delta County Coroner says that the Paonia woman going through a bitter divorce who was found dead on her property Friday bled to death from multiple stab wounds to the neck. Melinda Yager’s husband, Nathan, turned himself into the Montrose Police Department several hours after the fatal attack. Nathan faces 1st degree murder and domestic violence charges. The Daily Press reports that Melinda was granted a temporary restraining order from Nathan in August, and a order restraining her from him was currently in place. It’s reported that Nathan had several cuts on him consistent with fingernail scratches and also sustained a fracture to his left hand. The two were fighting over the home and custody of their child.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 12:00p Monday January 10, 2011)

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Murder in Paonia. A Paonia man turned himself into Montrose police after Paonia Police found his wife dead in her home Friday afternoon. Multiple reports indicate that Nathan and Melinda Yager were in the middle of a divorce. The Delta County Coroner ruled Melinda’s death a homicide. Nathan is being held at Delta County Jail on charges of 1st Degree Murder and Domestic Violence. The two have one child together.  It’s reported that this is the first homicide in Paonia since 1993.
Source: Daily Press, NBC 11 News, News Channel 5, & KJCT contributed to this story    (Posted 5:59a Monday January 10, 2011)