Woman accused of pushing husband from window to stand trial

Amber Hilberling will stand trial for the murder of her husband. Joshua Hilberling died when he fell from a window at the University Club Apartments in June of this year.

Seven witnesses were called during the preliminary hearing Wednesday, including two men who had been called to repair a broken window at the Hilberling's apartment.

Armando Rosales described Amber as angry when he met her. He testified he was in their bedroom removing a piece of glass when he heard a crash and a man screaming.

His employee, Antonio Lepaz, testified that he had gone to get a tape measure from a truck and saw Josh Hilberling screaming as he fell to his death on the eighth-floor parking garage.

Lapaz said, "I was walking toward the building. I heard glass break. It was like the movies. I see this guy falling. I could hear him screaming. He was really scared on the way down."

Josh Baker was standing on the balcony of at the Denver Place Apartments to west of the University Club Apartments.

He said Josh Hilbering was facing away from the building when he fell through the glass and that he saw a screaming Amber Hilberling appear at the broken window seconds later.

Police and fire personnel testified that Amber told them repeatedly that she had pushed Josh out the window and that she didn't want to go to jail. They said Amber had a cut on her arm and scratches on her back. She was seven months pregnant at the time.

The apartment \manager, James Bradley Blake, testified about finding Amber Hillberling in the elevator screaming. He testified that she stated three times that she had killed her husband.

Under cross examination, Blake testified that that University Club Apartments is being sued in civil court in connection with Josh Hilberlings death, in which the property is accused of being negligent in his death. No details were offered in who filed the civil suit.

Officer Don Holloway testified that he drove Amber and her grandmother to the detective division at Police Headquarters and placed them in an interrogation room to wait for a homicide detective when he overheard Amber telling her grandmother what happened over the audio equipment.

Holloway recorded Amber on his cell phone until the recording devices inside the room could be turned on.

In the cell phone recording, Amber said, "Me and Josh got into an argument. He threw something at the window and broke it. I went back into the living room. I pushed Josh into the wall, and the wall was windows. I pushed him into the candle stick things and he fell."

The judge ruled that the prosecution has proven there is enough evidence for Hilberling to stand trail on both the manslaughter and second-degree murder charge.

Hilberling's defense attorney, Mark Collier, tells 2NEWS, "This was an incredibly traumatic event for her. For three hours she was talking whatever blame she could at the time for event that had occurred. But there is simply no evidence that this death was her fault."  He went on to say, "She didn't just talk about pushing him - she talked about not meaning too. She talked to these various witnesses about how he tripped on some candle sticks - about she pushed him against the wall, not the window. She tried to catch him."

Hilberling will be back in court Oct. 31st No trial date has been set.

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