Late last month, we told you about a lawsuit filed by the family of Ashley Fallis, whose husband, former Weld County jail deputy Tom Fallis, was charged with killing her on New Year's Day of 2012 after originally claiming she'd committed suicide. See our previous coverage below.
The original lawsuit charged members of the Evans Police Department with covering up evidence of the murder, allowing Tom to remain free and go unpunished for years.
Now, an amended lawsuit accuses representatives of the Weld County Sheriff's Office of suppressing evidence of a crime, too — and a deputy has now been put on administrative leave in association with the case.
Meanwhile, CBS's 48 Hours
, which recently devoted an entire broadcast to another Colorado case, involving alleged-wife murderer Harold Henthorn
, will be doing likewise this Saturday in regard to Ashley's death.
The title of the episode, previewed in a video below: Death After Midnight
Here's a key passage from the amended complaint, included below in its entirety:
On information and belief, other top-level officials and or other John Doe or Jane Doe Defendants from the Weld County Sheriff’s Department became immediately involved with the case, visited the crime scene or the Evans Police Department, participated in the early review of the same, and/or were involved with the suppression or destruction of evidence.
As for the sheriff's office, a press release states that "on March 19th, 2015, the Weld County Sheriff's Office received new information that a deputy might have material information about the Fallis family investigation that had never been reported.
"When the Weld CountySheriff's Office learned of this new information, an internal investigation was launched," the release continues. "During the internal investigation, three deputies and one supervisor were identified as being directly on scene during the Fallis investigation. One deputy was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation."
At this point, the lead investigating agency is neither the WCSO nor the Evans Police Department. Rather, the Fort Collins Police Department is in charge.
Assorted WCSO personnel are mentioned by name in the amended lawsuit, but the sheriff's office is not identifying the one placed on leave.
Nonetheless, a spokesman for the office stresses transparency during an interview with 7News
that's also shared here — although you'll note that there's a brief instant of hesitation before he makes this assertion.
Here's the 7News piece, the 48 Hours
preview, the amended complaint and the WCSO letter, followed by our previous coverage.