Ex-Rocky Ford cop's murder trial will be in June

Posted at 11:12 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-09 01:12:46-05

The trial of a former Rocky Ford police officer accused of shooting and killing a man he followed into his home is being delayed until June.

James Ashby had been set to go on trial for second-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Jack Jacquez on Monday in La Junta. But this week his lawyers asked a judge for more time to motions on evidence and other issues in the case.

Prosecutors didn't object and a judge ruled Wednesday that the trial would be delayed until June 7th.

Ashby told investigators he thought Jacquez was a burglar, but officials say the former officer had no reason to believe Jacquez was committing a crime.

His lawyers have sought to restrict evidence they think could tarnish jurors' views of Ashby.


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