After three days of selection, from a pool of 600 people who received juror summons, a jury was seated Friday in the first-degree murder trial of Gustavo Olivo-Tellez of Glenwood Springs.

Opening statements are expected Monday in what is expected to be a nine-day trial.

Prospective jurors were quizzed by the prosecution and the defense about their entertainment habits, relationships with law enforcement and other issues.

Olivo-Tellez, 29, allegedly shot his wife, Blanca Salas, an Aspen High School graduate who was 28, multiple times on Oct. 7, 2016, in her Spring Valley home. Her murder may have occurred during an argument over custody of their young son, who was in the home at the time, according to authorities.

Olivo-Tellez’s girlfriend, Michelle Castillo, pleaded guilty in late 2017 to being an accessory to the murder and other charges, and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. She admitted to buying the bullets used in the alleged crime but maintained that she did not know Olivo-Tellez was going to murder Salas, she told the judge at sentencing.

Olivo-Tellez pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in April, but his legal team withdrew that plea a few weeks ago.

After allegedly shooting Salas, Olivo-Tellez met up with Castillo and drove to Veltus Park in Glenwood, where they disposed of the gun and a box of bullets in the Roaring Fork River, police said.

They were arrested at a Grand Junction hotel the day after the homicide. Olivo-Tellez has been held in jail since his arrest on a $2 million bond.

Chad is a Contributing Editor for Aspen Daily News. He can be reached at or on Twitter @chad_the_scribe.

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