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July 2010 Archives

Denver Murder Allegedly Staged as DUI Car Accident

Brittney Brashers, 22, died in a Colorado car crash this past November, at least that is what Denver police were told by Brashers' boyfriend. Robert Walters was with Brashers at the time of the so-called fatal car accident and claimed that it was actually the result of Brashers driving drunk.

Background Check Bill Passed by U.S. House

If you're thinking about volunteering to be a troop leader this fall, don't be surprised that the Girl Scouts application requires a criminal background check. To identify potential volunteers with a history of child abuse or sex offenses, many organizations in Colorado and across the nation that focus on youth have been screening volunteers for the past few years.

Colorado Judge Rules Not a Crime to Lie About Being in Military

This is a different sort of case than what is usually covered on this blog, but it certainly is interesting and worth discussing. In a recent ruling, a U.S. District Judge in Colorado ruled that it is not a crime to misrepresent oneself as a military member or veteran.

Denver Detective Fabricated Case Against Robbery Suspect

Denver Police Detective Paul Baca has gone from proving others' guilt in his line of work, to defending his own name. He has been accused of fabricating evidence in order to arrest a suspect in the 2009 Lodo robberies.

Denver Attorney Supports Using Familial DNA in Criminal Cases

The reliance on science in cracking criminal cases is widespread, and DNA is often viewed as the slam dunk in proving someone's guilt or innocence in cases such as sex crimes. Usually, however, DNA used in investigations is limited to DNA that is directly related to the case in question. Denver's district attorney is a passionate advocate for a growing use of familial DNA in case investigations.

Couple Arrested on Suspicion of Colorado Girl's Hidden Death

On May 14, the dead body of 9-year-old Genesis Sims was found in a Colorado home's crawl space. According to sources, the young girl's body was decomposed, and that is making it difficult to clearly distinguish the cause of death. A DNA test was used to determine the identity of the body.

Parents' Arrests Prove Colorado Marijuana Laws Need Work

A Colorado couple, Joseph Lightfoot and Amber Wildenstein, was recently arrested on allegations of child abuse. The couple is not accused of physically, sexually or even verbally abusing their three children. The charges of abuse stem from a state law that makes it illegal for the children to be in the same home wherein Lightfoot and Wildenstein grow marijuana.

Colorado Teacher Accused of Sex Offense

Last Wednesday, a Colorado man was arrested based on suspicion that he has had inappropriate contact with minors. As a foreign language teacher at Longmont High School, Alex Tinsley has consistent interaction with his young students. It was when an outsider saw Tinsley outside of school with one of his female students that Tinsley was reported as demonstrating behavior that the witness believed went beyond friendly and into the realm of sexual assault on a child.