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When we think of murders across Colorado’s history, the first things that come to mind are now-notorious names of places, victims and killers: JonBenet Ramsey, Ted Bundy, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. But Colorado has also seen its share of obscure but fascinating homicides. Here are thirteen of them. Westword has the story.
After receiving concerning phone calls from three crime victims, District Attorney-elect Kim Ogg made some weighty allegations at a press conference outside the criminal courthouse on Tuesday morning.
Each crime victim’s case had belonged to prosecutors Ogg had recently fired, and the crime victims, Ogg said, had expressed uncertainty and confusion about their cases and were afraid they would not be handled properly going forward. So on Tuesday, Ogg suggested the prosecutors had made the phone calls to the victims or their families to intentionally provide misinformation about the cases to undermine her new administration, then directed them to complain to Ogg about it. Ogg said they were “sabotaging” the cases for political purposes.
Problem: she had not bothered to call any of them to ask for their side of the story.
In a rare move, District Attorney Devon Anderson intervened in a misdemeanor case to personally dismiss a DWI charge against prominent Houston defense attorney Tony Buzbee, the Houston Press discovered Monday morning.
In a statement to the Press, Anderson said the reason she decided to dismiss the case was that it was “the right thing to do.”
“He qualified for pre-trial intervention and completed all of the requirements typically mandated for a first offender DWI defendant,” Anderson said. “He did not contribute to my campaign in 2016 cycle.”
Yet even though Anderson’s own DWI diversion program requirements state that it is a one-year program, the case was dismissed after only eight months.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A judge refused to throw out a case filed by two women fighting to remove the words “the breast or breasts of a female” from a community’s public-indecency ordinance, and their lawyer says the ruling essentially guarantees victory for the Free the Nipple movement. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Thanks to a hung jury, Holmes wound up receiving the same sentence his attorney offered to accept years earlier. The district attorney who decided to seek the death penalty against him admits to a few regrets — mostly dealing with not succeeding. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: It was both an incredibly shocking crime and an international incident: Messer is Canadian and was arrested only after returning to the U.S. prior to his planned wedding. But prosecutors have now walked away, and Messer’s attorney offers his theories about why. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The death of the man born Tyrone Adair Jr. was followed by the shuttering of the Cold Crush club. Other area venues have been the scene of violence — so was race a factor in this one being declared a public nuisance? Or were other dynamics at play? Westword has the story.