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Michael Tate

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Will juvenile lifers get a reprieve? Inside Colorado Supreme Court hearing

    This week, Colorado Supreme Court justices heard arguments from lawyers representing three juvenile offenders currently serving mandatory life without parole -- a sentence now considered unconstitutional. The Supreme Court's decision in one of these cases could affect how Colorado treats its juvenil ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012
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    November 28, 2007

    Channel 12 Hosts Juvie Life Without Parole Panel Tonight

    And then there was one. There are 46 people serving life without the possibility of parole in Colorado for crimes that they committed as juveniles. But, thanks to a law passed last year, those who commit first-degree murder before they turn 18 are now eligible for parole after 40 years. But the le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2007

    A Killer Special

    Tonight, KBDI Channel 12 will repeat of "When Kids Get Life," a Frontline special that profiled five young men in Colorado who received the mandatory sentence of life without parole when they were convicted of first-degree murder in adult court -- even though they were juveniles when the crimes were ... More >>

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    November 2, 2007

    Life Without Parole: The Sentencing of Michael Tate

    Michael Tate (profiled in the September 20 feature "Killer Instinct)" was only sixteen when he murdered Steve Fitzgerald, but the Jefferson County District Attorney's office filed charges in adult court, where Tate was found guilty of felony murder -- a crime that carries a mandatory sentence of lif ... More >>

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    October 18, 2007

    The Last Juvie to Face Life?

    And then there was one. Rather than face the possibility a life without parole sentence, Matthew Davies plead guilty to second degree murder for shooting and burning a 20-year-old with whom he was dealing drugs and guns in Colorado Springs. Davies faces 40-48 years at his December 18 sentencing. D ... More >>

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    October 4, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 10/4/07

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    September 27, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 9/20/2007

  • News

    September 20, 2007

    Killer Instinct

    After Michael Tate lost all hope of a family life, he found the Devil.

  • News

    September 20, 2007

    That's Life

    A new law reduces sentences for some juvenile murderers.

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2007

    In for Life: Verdict in the Michael Tate Trial

    For the charge of first degree murder, a Jefferson County jury found 19-year-old Michael Tate not guilty yesterday in the death of Steven Fitzgerald, but not because of Tate’s insanity defense. Tate’s relief was short-lived, however, because in the judge’s next breath she read the guilty verdi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2007

    In for Life: Day Twelve of the Michael Tate Trial

    On the twelfth day of Michael Tate's murder trial, the final day of testimony, he told the judge that he would not be taking the stand in his not guilty by reason of insanity defense. “No ma'am” he said to the judge in a flat, monotone voice that sounded surprisingly southern for a 19-year-old ... More >>

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    September 5, 2007
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    September 4, 2007

    In for Life: Day Ten of the Michael Tate Trial

    Michael Tate was so excited on the day that Tammy Wachtl brought him home that he ran smack dab into a glass window that he didn't realize was closed. Tate was only seven then and Wachtl knew that he was going to need a lot of attention, so she quit her job to raise the 7-year-old boy who she planne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2007

    In for Life: Day Nine of the Michael Tate Trial

    Many psychologists have evaluated Michael Tate, but none of them know for sure what’s wrong with him. He committed murder and all the doctors, depending on if the defense or prosecution calls them to the stand, want the jury to believe that he is insane or he is not. Testimony in the ninth day of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2007
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    August 29, 2007

    In for Life: Day Seven of the Michael Tate Trial

    Day seven of Michael Tate's murder trial got off to a slow start on Tuesday because of the stabbing of a CU student by a man who, when previously charged with another stabbing, had been found not guilty by reason of insanity, the same plea Tate is using for his defense. Judge Jane Tidball granted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2007

    In for Life: Day Six of the Michael Tate Trial

    For reasons not made public, Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies decided to shackle Michael Tate's feet on day six of his first-degree murder trial. The shackles weren't visible to the jury, and the jurors weren’t in the courtroom when Tate's defense team objected to the chaining of their client, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2007

    In for Life: Day Five of the Michael Tate Trial

    Day five of Michael Tate's murder trial began with Tate's defense team trying to discredit his partner in crime, Michael Fitzgerald, who was testifying against Tate as a part of his plea agreement to a second degree murder charge, which landed Fitzgerald 62 years in prison for his role in the murder ... More >>

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    August 23, 2007
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    August 22, 2007

    In For Life: Day Two of the Michael Tate Trial

    Judge Jane Tidball keeps a tight schedule in her Jefferson County courtroom, but because a couple of jurors showed up late on day two of Michael Tate’s murder trial, the start of testimony was delayed for more than twenty minutes. Once the jury was finally seated, the victim’s wife of nearly twe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    In for Life: Day One of the Michael Tate Trial

    Monday was the first day of a scheduled three-week trial in Jefferson County, a trial in which nineteen-year-old Michael Tate faces charges including first-degree murder. Tate has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He spent much of that first day in court with his face buried in his hands, h ... More >>

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