Reading from the Voice Media empire: Ignacio Luque-Verdugo received the maximum sentence in a 2014 triple shooting at the Bronco Bar that the judge in the case described as an execution. Prosecutors said a man killed in the incident was shot six times, with five of the bullets fired into his back after he was already down. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A judge has ordered a new trial in the case of Krystal Voss, who was convicted in 2004 of child abuse in the death of her nineteen-month-old son and sentenced to twenty years in prison. The reversal is another setback for advocates of “shaken baby syndrome,” a diagnosis that’s been used in court to prosecute hundreds of caregivers for abuse over the past three decades but has been attacked by skeptics as junk science. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A heavily edited cellhouse video that depicts the fatal collapse of an inmate at a county detention facility is a key piece of evidence in a lawsuit brought by the inmate’s family against several jail employees — both because of what it shows and what it doesn’t show. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Nahid Moshrefi, also known as Dr. Venus K. Moshrefi, describes herself as a specialist in natural healing therapies. But she’s characterized by prosecutors with the First Judicial District DA’s office as a fraud who faked cancer in order to bilk an elderly man out of $69,000, and a jury has now agreed. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: It was a bizarre scene that greeted emergency responders late in the evening of August 4, 2016. Lying in the roadway near the intersection of 10th and Garrison in Lakewood was a thirty-year-old male who’d suffered a severe head injury. Nearby was an SUV that had crashed into a utility pole. The only witness to the entire episode, the injured man’s sister-in-law, said that he’d decided to leap from a moving vehicle, for reasons that weren’t entirely clear. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A major metro police department has expanded its body-worn-camera program to include members of the SWAT team. However, the policy’s fine print reveals that the cameras won’t be routinely used during tactical operations, when SWAT officers may be put in the position of using force. The man in charge of the department’s body-worn camera program justifies this exception by saying that criminals could use such footage to their advantage. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Marvin Booker died after being placed in a sleeper hold and tased while in jail for a minor offense seven years ago. The case netted a $6 million settlement, but questions raised in a documentary film about the Taser in the incident, which somehow disappeared during the course of the investigation, has led the family to call for a criminal investigation into a possible cover-up. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: John Bowlen, son of ailing Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, has been named in a Colorado arrest warrant following his weekend arrest in California for driving under the influence.In the document, also accessible here, Arapahoe County Court Judge Darren Louis Vahle counts five ways in which the younger Bowlen violated his probation for a domestic-violence incident involving booze and whippets back in 2015. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Keith Hammock has been found guilty of second-degree murder and more for killing one teenager and wounding another last October after they’d jumped a fence into his back yard, where he was growing marijuana. The verdict demonstrates defense-of-property laws, especially when it comes to pot grows deemed illegal. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Darius Ratcliff has been found guilty of first-degree assault against the peace officer who shot him on July 31, 2016, the day before his twentieth birthday. Exactly a year later and one day before he turned 21, he was scheduled to be back in court for a hearing related to a separate murder charge, with that prosecution to be followed by four more related to multiple counts of attempted murder and burglary, as well as a failed escape attempt. But something went awry. Westword has the story.