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Sir Mario Owens: Judge's Removal Could Delay Death Penalty Case for Years

3 months ago by Alan Prendergast
A decision by state court officials to remove the presiding judge in an infamous death-penalty case just days before he was expected to issue a long-awaited ruling on thorny issues dealing with possible prosecution misconduct has drawn fire from defense attorneys. They claim that the abrupt dismissal of Arapahoe County...
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Sir Mario Owens: Attorneys decry secrecy in death penalty case

3 years ago by Alan Prendergast
Five years after an Arapahoe County jury decided that that he should be executed for murder, transcripts and other records in the case of Sir Mario Owens remain sealed under a court order that prohibits journalists, death penalty activists or even the defendant's family from viewing them -- an unprecedented...
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Sir Mario Owens: Defense Claims Government Misconduct in Death-Penalty Case

2 years ago by Alan Prendergast
Dexter Harris has provided the police with information on so many murders committed by other people that it's hard to keep it all straight. Yesterday morning, grilled in great detail in Arapahoe County District Court about his role as a confidential informant and key witness in the 2008 death sentences...
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Sir Mario Owens: False Evidence in Death-Penalty Case a "New Low," Defense Claims

2 years ago by Alan Prendergast
Determined to demonstrate just how far he believed Arapahoe County prosecutors had strayed over the line in the effort to obtain the death penalty against his client, defense attorney Jim Castle resorted to a visual aid. During a hearing late Friday, he presented District Judge Gerald Rafferty with a wheeled...
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Justices' Photo Prompts Request for Removal in Death-Penalty Case

2 months ago by Alan Prendergast
The decade-long legal battle over one of Colorado's most infamous death-penalty cases keeps getting stranger. First came the abrupt removal of Arapahoe County District Judge Gerald Rafferty, who presided over the trials of defendants Robert Ray and Sir Mario Owens — a move contested by Owens's attorneys, who believed Rafferty...
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Supreme Court Denies Challenge of Judge's Removal in Death Penalty Case

3 months ago by Alan Prendergast
In the annals of court rulings, you won't find any more tight-lipped or to the point than the order handed down by the Colorado Supreme Court yesterday, in response to a 56-page petition by defense attorneys trying to learn why the presiding judge was abruptly removed from a long-running death-penalty...
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Death to Sir Mario

8 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
For the hard-charging capital crimes squad in the office of 18th Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers, the third time is the charm. After two unsuccessful death-penalty prosecutions, a jury returned a verdict of death on June 16 in the case of Sir Mario Owens (left) for the 2005 murders of...
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Twelve Best Fashion Events in Denver in June

4 months ago by Mauricio Rocha
The weather is heating up, and so is the local fashion scene. The June calendar is full of fashion shows, fundraisers, shop celebration and even a poolside party. Here are the twelve best events this month, in chronological order. Looking good, Denver! 12. Spruce One Year Anniversary Party 6 to...
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Ten Great, Vanished Denver Music Venues — 2016 Edition

4 months ago by Tom Murphy
Denver has been home to many music venues that have had major impact on the local scene and, to some extent, the national music scene. A list of those noteworthy concert venues that are now gone could easily be five times as long. Below are ten clubs, studios and spaces...
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James Holmes Getting Special Treatment at the State Supermax?

1 year ago by Alan Prendergast
Less than a month after his trial, Aurora theater shooter James Eagan Holmes has begun serving his sentence of life without parole — plus 3,318 years — in Colorado's highest-security prison, the Colorado State Penitentiary. The supermax is known for housing some of the system's most dangerous inmates in isolation;...

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