Tanner Flores has pleaded not guilty to Ashley Doolittle's death in June of 2016. Charges include first-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping. The Loveland Reporter-Herald reported that 19-year-old Flores entered his plea Thursday.

His lawyer has filed a successful motion for a mental health evaluation at state mental health facility in Pueblo before the case proceeds.

Flores was arrested June 10 in Mesa County at his deceased grandfather's property in Collbran, where he drove after allegedly shooting Doolittle multiple times in the head while she was riding in his pickup truck near Carter Lake.


"According to his arrest affidavit, Flores was found with Doolittle's blanket-wrapped body in the cab of his 1999 Dodge pickup at the property in Collbran.

Doolittle was in line to be the Boulder County Fair and Rodeo Queen before her death. The rodeo community has honored her in the wake of her death with commemorations at National Western Stock Show in Denver last month.