Update: Sex offender Dennis Hasty can't face charges for the murder of Limon police officer Jay Sheridan, having killed himself prior to being captured.
However, his common-law wife, Jackie Hasty, is looking at two counts in relation to the crime, including manslaughter.
Look below to see a release from the 18th Judicial District DA's office with more details, followed by our earlier coverage.
18th Judicial District DA's office release:
The People of the State of Colorado vs. Jackie Hasty
Case Number: 2011CR17
Charges Filed in Limon Police Officer's Murder
Hugo, Co. -- Today, the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office formally filed charges against Jackie Hasty, 49. Hasty's husband, Dennis Hasty, shot and killed Limon Police Officer Jay Sheridan, 27, last week when he and two other officers attempted to arrest Hasty on an out-of-state fugitive warrant on behalf of the U.S. Marshall's Office.
Jackie Hasty has been charged with:
• Manslaughter -- Reckless (Class 4 Felony) • Accessory to a crime (Class 6 Felony)
A formal advisement hearing scheduled for this morning was continued by the court.
Hasty is due back in Lincoln County Court for an advisement hearing Tuesday, March 22 at 8:45 am.
The 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office is bound by the law to ensure that the rights of victims and defendants are not violated.
All persons are presumed innocent in any criminal matter unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Original item, 7:37 a.m. March 11: The community of Limon is still reeling from the killing of Officer Jay Sheridan, even though locals know Dennis Hasty, the man who murdered him, is dead, too.
Hasty, 52, killed himself rather than be captured, leaving behind a vile legacy of sex crimes and a final recording in which he correctly noted that he was in "deep shit."
Hasty was from Tennessee, where he was convicted in 1993 of incest. As noted by the Denver Post in the item linked above, he was originally sentenced to probation, then sent to prison after repeatedly violating its terms. He was jailed from 2001 until 2005, and upon his release, he neglected to register as a sex offender.
Cut to 2009, when authorities made a welfare check at the home where Hasty was living at the time. Found residing with him? Two runaway teenage girls.
Soon, Hasty was running as well, but the race ended this week -- and unfortunately, he took Sheridan's life before doing likewise with his own.
Below, see Hasty's booking photo, followed by a U.S. Marshals Service statement, a 9News video featuring the aforementioned recording, in which he insists the shooting of Sheridan was an accident, and a clip from the Post providing an inside look at the trailer where everything went wrong.
U.S. Marshals Service release:
U.S. Marshals statement on the death of Officer Jay Sheridan
DENVER -- The U.S. Marshals Service issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:
"The U.S. Marshals Service is deeply saddened at the tragic loss of Officer Jay Sheridan of the Limon Police Department," said U.S. Marshal John Kammerzell. "The Marshals Service stands together with our fellow law enforcement partners during this time of mourning. Both I and my staff have met with and are in close communication with Chief Lynn Yowell and other county and state agencies involved in this situation."
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE CASE:
The U.S. Marshals Service District of Colorado, in coordination with the Knoxville office of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Eastern District of Tennessee, developed information that fugitive Dennis Mark Hasty, approximately 52 years old, may be in the area of Limon, Colo. Hasty was being sought on a Roane County, Tennessee warrant for a sex offender registry violation. The U.S. Marshals alerted authorities from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office late yesterday afternoon, which coordinated with the Limon Police Department in an attempt to locate the fugitive, who was eventually discovered deceased.
The U.S. Marshals will continue to assist the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, 18th Judicial District of Colorado, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and the Limon Police Department, in the investigation involving Dennis Mark Hasty. Further inquiries should be directed to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Limon Police Department.
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