Does the father of a victim in one death-penalty case have the right to contact family members in another capital case? And, under Colorado law, do prosecutors have any obligation to facilitate that conversation -- even if the discussion isn't going to help their cause? The questions are key to a ... More >>
Attorneys for Aurora theater shooter James Holmes have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to compel Fox News reporter Jana Winter to reveal her sources in court. Specifically, they're asking the high court to overturn a New York appeals court ruling that Winter, who is based in New York, is protecte ... More >>
Alan Prendergast has been reporting about Edward Montour, a prison murderer targeted with the death penalty by the 18th Judicial District DA's office now headed by George Brauchler -- a controversial effort further complicated by a changed finding in the case that landed Montour behind bars in the f ... More >>
Defense attorney David Lane accused Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler of snickering. Brauchler accused Lane of posturing for the press and "trial by ambush." And the man whose fate they were wrangling over, Edward Montour Jr., sat quietly in his chair while the attorneys argue ... More >>
It was eleven years ago today -- October 18, 2002 -- that inmate Edward Montour Jr. attacked Eric Autobee, a 23-year-old correctional officer, in the kitchen of the Limon prison, fatally bludgeoning him with a heavy ladle. To mark that grim anniversary, the victim's parents have made a startling ple ... More >>
Update: In our post yesterday about the troubles afflicting Bronco Von Miller (see our previous coverage below), we noted reports that he would receive a six game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, as well as his surprise presence on the witness list for a death-penalty case stemming fr ... More >>
The campaign to either save Nathan Dunlap from the death penalty or execute the man convicted of four brutal murders at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in 1993 has turned into something of a public-relations competition. As the Arapahoe District Attorney's Office continues to dole out statements from v ... More >>
Yesterday's hearing in the Aurora theater shooting case, in which prosecutors called for the death penalty, was preceded by flurries of paperwork, with the defense floating James Holmes's willingness to plead guilty and prosecutors calling the announcement a publicity ploy. For one reader, though, t ... More >>
In recent days, members of Colorado's general assembly have been battling over legislation intended to outlaw the death penalty in Colorado. Yesterday, however, the proposal failed in the House Judiciary Committee. This development distressed the Colorado ACLU; see the group's statement below. But ... More >>
In an unusual court hearing unfolding in Castle Rock, attorneys for Edward Montour Jr. are seeking to withdraw his guilty plea for the murder of a correctional officer in 2002, claiming that he was mentally ill at the time and seeking "court-assisted suicide" by firing his lawyers in a death-penalty ... More >>
This week's cover story, "The Lifers Book Club," reports on the Words Beyond Bars Project, a pilot progam at the Limon Correctional Facility that puts high-security prisoners, many of them serving life sentences, in a room with volunteers to discuss great books. It's a modest effort that could trans ... More >>
Is there life after death? After eighteen years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit, most of them spent in the debilitating confines of death row, Damien Echols plans to find out. In 1993 Echols, then eighteen, and two other Arkansas teenagers were arrested and charged with the murders of thre ... More >>
On Monday, accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes was charged with 142 counts, including attempted murder allegations involving 116 people. Among them is Carli Richards, who was wounded in the attack. Now, Richards is publicly calling for Holmes to get the death penalty -- and not by lethal in ... More >>
The most shameful date in the history of Colorado's death penalty is January 6, 1939 -- the day the state executed a bewildered 23-year-old man with an IQ of 46, a man who was innocent in just about every sense of the word His name was Joe Arridy. And three-quarters of a century after his death in ... More >>
Sir Mario OwensAttorneys for Sir Mario Owens, sentenced to death for the 2005 murders of Vivian Wolfe and Javad Marshall-Fields, claim that Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers and her prosecutors made several unusual deals with witnesses in the secrecy-shrouded case -- includ ... More >>
Marshall-Fields and Wolfe were engaged.Rhonda Fields says nothing could ever fill the void left when her son, Javad Marshall-Fields, a material witness in a murder case, was gunned down in Aurora in 2005. But she says Marshall-Fields lives on through a scholarship at CSU, which she struggled ... More >>
Two weeks after a Lincoln County judge yanked 18th Judicial District and state prosecutors off a death penalty case, citing several ethical violations, the Office of the Colorado Attorney General has filed its own motion to withdraw from the case. The motion gives no reasons for the request and is ... More >>
Note to self: Avoid extended stays in federal high-security penitentiaries, especially on weekends. Most prison riots tend to happen on weekends, when staffing is bare-bones and the week's grievances have heated to a boil. Last Sunday's melee at the U.S. Penitentiary Florence, in which guards fired ... More >>
A judge removes DA Carol Chambers from a death-penalty case -- and blasts prosecution misconduct.
As we first reported in our February 28 cover story, Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers has found an unusual way to fund half of the six death-penalty prosecutions her office is now pursuing. She’s billed the Colorado Department of Corrections hundreds of thousands of dollars for ... More >>
James Wan puts down the Saw to dispense some vigilante justice.
The squish pundits and squash-eating liberals are once again questioning the wisdom of Colorado's death penalty. But that doesn't mean squat to Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers. Okay, so the death penalty as practiced here has claimed exactly one life since 1968 - that of the emine ... More >>
The tragic Life and Death of Aileen Wuornos, sensationalized.
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Coyote on a Fence
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From the week of July 5, 2001
The county will soon have its first new DA in 28 years. But in order for justice to be done, former cop Steve Thomas thinks the office needs a complete overhaul.
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As judges ponder the fates of Brandy DuVall's murderers, they must measure different shades of black.
Two years ago this week, Brandy DuVall was killed by members of the Deuce-Seven gang. For the past month, the courts have been deciding whether her murderers live or die.
The state's first death-penalty panel meets--and spares the life of Robert Riggan.
A technicality stalls the state's first decision under a new death-penalty law.
The twisted life--and lethal secrets--of Gary Davis.
Frank Rodriguez was sentenced to die twelve years ago. Are we there yet?
Ashley Gray didn't take candy from strangers. She did from her "Uncle Jon."