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Category: Murder Defense


Black Market Marijuana Leads DA to Call It “Gateway Drug to Homicide”
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Back in February, Jeff Sessions stated that there was “more violence” around marijuana.
He’s not the first politician or member of law enforcement to make these types of claims, and numerous others have followed suit. Just a few weeks ago, District Attorney Dan May argued that marijuana was “the gateway drug to homicide in our community and across our state.”
 
Out of context, his comment sounds pretty ridiculous,… Continue reading this article

The Different Types of Homicide Charges in Colorado
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If you are arrested and charged with homicide, it is an understatement to say that those charges are serious and your situation dire. In fact, homicide charges are the most serious charges that exist in Colorado law.
 
Not all homicide charges are the same, though. Just because you are accused of homicide does not mean that you will be facing the death penalty. Depending on the circumstances, you may… Continue reading this article

What Constitutes Second Degree Murder in Colorado?
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Homicide cases deal with the killing of another human being. But the circumstances and details of a case determine exactly what type of crime was supposedly committed.
 
What does that mean? Isn’t a murder just a murder?
 
Nope. You’ve probably heard lawyers on TV shows talking about different degrees of murder, but may not have ever really understood what they meant.
 
Laws in Colorado classify homicide… Continue reading this article

Colorado’s Chief Parole Officer Fired – Will This Put Current Parolees Under More Suspicion?
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On June 13, Colorado’s Chief Parole Offer, Tim Hand, was fired after the murder of the state’s corrections chief Tom Clements. The chief suspect in the murder is parolee Spencer Ebel, a white supremacist gang member who was released from prison early due to a clerical error. Prison officials reported that at first, Ebel was a model parolee, reporting every day and remaining in the area. He even called in… Continue reading this article

Aaron Hernandez Held Without Bail
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A case receiving significant media attention this week is the case of former Patriots’ player Aaron Hernandez, who now faces murder charges in the state of Massachusetts.  He is being held without bail.
 
While bail is possible on a charge of murder, it is unusual.  Mr. Hernandez’ attorney advocated for a bail being set, arguing that Mr. Hernandez had a clean record, was a resident of the county in… Continue reading this article

Bill Proposes Change in Insanity Defense
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A bill currently being considered by the Colorado House proposes a significant change in how the insanity defense would function in Colorado’s criminal courts.  Under current law, if a defendant pleads not guilty by reason of insanity and introduces any evidence of insanity, the prosecution ultimately has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was, in fact, sane.  The bill currently under consideration proposes that the… Continue reading this article

The Effect of House Bill 12-1271 in the Austin Sigg Case
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House Bill 12-1271, signed into law earlier this year, could play a significant role in the case of Austin Sigg, who has been charged with the murder of Jessica Ridgeway.  Sigg’s attorneys have already declared that they will be seeking to implement the reverse transfer procedure provided for by this bill.
 
What is a reverse transfer? Essentially, what a reverse transfer does is allow a juvenile who has been… Continue reading this article