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Colorado Assault LawSeveral U.S. states, but not Colorado, currently have separate laws that impose criminal penalties if an assault against a pregnant woman causes a miscarriage or the death of a fetus. Colorado may soon have a similar law on its books if state legislators pass a bill recently imposed in the state House, according to a report from KOAA.

Currently, Colorado law allows a miscarriage or the death of a fetus to be considered in sentencing, but not charged as a separate crime. If a person is convicted of an assault or homicide against a pregnant woman that also killed the developing fetus, the court may consider that fact when deciding whether or not to impose a harsher sentence. Additionally, a jury may consider it when deciding whether to impose a life sentence or the death penalty.

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Despite recent news reports of a rash of violent crimes taking place in the Colorado Springs area, the crime rate for the city and surrounding areas as a whole has not increased, according to a recent article in The Tribune. Although the population has risen, the number of total crimes has not risen with it.

Development on the north side of the Colorado Springs area has brought more people and businesses to the city, but local police say that violent crimes haven’t increased as a result of the newly-developed areas. According to officers in Palmer Lake and Monument, theft and domestic violence remain the most commonly-charged types of crimes. More violent encounters, such as robberies, assaults, and homicides, occur in Colorado Springs at about the same rate they did before the new developments, indicating that these new communities are not creating more crimes or attracting people who might commit crimes.
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A woman faces murder charges in Colorado after she stabbed two burglars, killing one of them, after they broke into her home around 2:00 a.m., according to The New York Daily News. The two men broke into her home in Erie, where she grew medical marijuana.

While one of the burglars was able to escape to a friend’s house nearby, he was nonetheless critically injured as a result of the stab wounds. The other burglar was later found dead from his wounds at the edge of the woman’s property. Although the woman reportedly admitted to stabbing both burglars, recent news from GreeleyTribune.com states that the fatal victim was found to have died from gunshot wounds, not stabbing wounds.

Even as details continue to unfold in the case, the woman may be able to successfully fight the murder charges using Colorado’s “Make My Day” law, which allows for the use of deadly force against an intruder, based on the right that all Colorado citizens “have a right to expect absolute safety within their own homes.”
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A Colorado Springs jury is considering the evidence in the case of a local man accused of murdering his elderly father, according to a recent article in the Colorado Springs Gazette. The 32-year-old Colorado Springs resident was charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence after police found his father’s body in a trash can outside their house.

According to the defendant, he came home and found that someone had beaten his father to death on their porch. Not wanting to leave the disposal of his father’s remains to someone else, he placed his father’s body in a nearby trash can, and then called 911. An autopsy showed that his father had been beaten in the head. At trial, the man’s attorneys pointed out that the police missed several key clues that might have led them to the killer.
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Mary Malatesta, Denver’s new Safety Manager, plans to reopen cases of alleged police brutality and discipline the officers involved, according to a recent report by Colorado CW affiliate KWGN.

Ms. Malatesta was sworn in as Safety Manager after the resignation of former Safety Manager Ron Perea. Mr. Perea left the job after rumors surfaced that he had failed to investigate or discipline officers allegedly involved in episodes of police brutality. In particular, Mr. Perea chose not to fire two officers who were caught on camera beating a Denver resident, instead arguing that he had done enough by docking their pay.

Other reported instances of police brutality include a dog owner who was allegedly beaten by police and an inmate who died in the Denver County Jail.
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A man facing murder charges in Colorado may go free if the court finds his right to a speedy trial has been violated, according to local news channel KRDO. The defendant was arrested in September 2008 and charged with stabbing and killing a 38-year-old man outside a Pueblo bar. A year and a half later, his trial has still not begun.

Under Colorado law, setting a trial date is the prosecutor’s responsibility. The prosecutor has six months to bring a defendant to trial after the defendant enters his not-guilty plea. In this case, the first trial date was withdrawn after the court learned that an investigator for the public defender’s office had an inappropriate relationship with one of the prosecution’s witnesses in this case. For unknown reasons, a second trial date was never set.
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A footprint made in blood and depicting a K-Swiss running shoe led police to arrest a slain man’s roommate recently, according to an article in the Colorado Springs Gazette. The roommate has been charged with first-degree murder in Colorado Springs for allegedly stabbing the victim to death.

The accused man was arrested two days after the murder. He told police that he had only knocked on the apartment door the day the victim was found dead. He said he did not go inside, did not know the victim, and did not live at the apartment. However, the victim’s other roommate, who found the body, said that he and the victim shared the apartment with the accused man.

Other eyewitnesses have also come forward. One woman said she saw the accused carrying two duffel bags and walking quickly away from the apartment building several hours before the victim’s body was discovered. While investigating, law enforcement officials found a shoe print on a bed sheet used to cover the victim’s body. Police have yet to find the knife they say was used to kill the victim.
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A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a woman’s murder in Colorado Springs. Her body was discovered lying face down in a ditch by a school bus driver on February 10. According to this news report in the Denver Post, the suspect was arrested for investigation of first-degree murder in Colorado. He was also charged with possession of a weapon by a previous offender. The suspect apparently also has prior convictions for illegal drug possession and assault from a separate case in 2006, the news article states.
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