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Coffman writes: "A former police officer in a small Colorado farming town accused of fatally shooting a man in the back while on duty pleaded not guilty on Thursday to second-degree murder, authorities said.

Officer James Ashby and 27-year-old Jack Jacquez, whom Ashby killed. (photo: KKTV)
Officer James Ashby and 27-year-old Jack Jacquez, whom Ashby killed. (photo: KKTV)


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Colorado Police Officer Who Shot Victim in Back Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

By Keith Coffman, Reuters

13 February 15

 

former police officer in a small Colorado farming town accused of fatally shooting a man in the back while on duty pleaded not guilty on Thursday to second-degree murder, authorities said.

James Ashby, 32, is charged in the shooting death of 27-year-old Jack Jacquez last October in Rocky Ford, about 135 miles southeast of Denver.

Ashby, who was fired from the Rocky Ford Police force following his arrest, is also charged with criminally negligent homicide and a violent crime resulting in death.

Ashby pleaded not guilty to all three charges in Otero County District Court and remains free on a $150,000 bond, according to the clerk's office.

An arrest warrant affidavit filed by an agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said Ashby lied about the events leading up to the deadly encounter, and about the shooting itself.

Ashby told investigators he was in his patrol car when he saw Jacquez riding his skateboard, and that when he asked him what he was doing, Jacquez replied with a profanity.

But a citizen who was in Ashby's cruiser doing a "ride-along" at the time told detectives he only heard Jacquez say that he was going home.

Ashby pursued Jacquez to the home he shared with his mother and followed him inside on foot, police said.

Ashby told investigators he thought Jacquez was either trespassing or burglarizing the residence, and fired in self-defense after Jacquez came at him with a baseball bat inside the darkened house.

Detectives who re-created the scene said there was enough ambient light emanating from the porch to conclude that Ashby was untruthful, the affidavit said.

Jacquez likely was holding the bat but his back was turned to Ashby and he posed no threat to the officer, the affidavit said, adding that Ashby "aggressively pursued" Jacquez.

Jacquez died from a single gunshot that entered his back, severed his spinal cord and passed through his heart and a lung, autopsy results showed.

Otero County District Court Judge Mark MacDonnell set a three-week trial date in July and a two-day motions hearing on June 16 and 17, the clerk's office said.

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+27 # Buddha 2015-02-13 15:59
One tree, two tree, three tree, four
Five tree, six tree, several thousand more.
Despite this high count of individual trees, there is no "forest",
after all, this only happens to the brown, the black, and the poorest.

So as long as the friendly DA picks the right kind of jury
That police officer won't even have to commit perjury.
For the twelve never convicts when to the victim they don't relate,
expressing their indifference, implicit prejudice, or outright hate.

So when that jury does yet once again acquit
We can all go back to not caring, to not giving a shit.
For us with wealth and white privilege don't suffer police abuse,
so we can insist there is no problem and remain totally obtuse.

So until next time, for the next case the public does see
we'll go back to our tally, and count one more lone tree.
And we will once again excuse the police crime
So long as it happens not to us, time after time.
 
 
+18 # StuBones1960 2015-02-14 06:40
Even if he did respond with a profanity, why stop and ask what he's doing? Brown skin.
 
 
+5 # kgrad 2015-02-14 08:36
What's with the officer's pleading not guilty to a crime he knows he committed? Is he in denial?
 
 
+4 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-02-14 12:45
Prosecute.
 
 
+3 # Nominae 2015-02-14 20:26
Quoting PABLO DIABLO:
Prosecute.


....first get a Change of Venue to an area where the potential jury pool is less likely to be made up of friends and BLOOD RELATIVES of the shooter cop,..... and THEN Prosecute !
 
 
+6 # karen12643 2015-02-14 16:11
And the worst part is the kid's mother was standing in the kitchen watching this cop come into her house and shoot her son in the back.

The policeman had been fired by a police department in a nearby town for use of excessive force.
 
 
+2 # elkingo 2015-02-15 00:40
Yet another murderer-prick cop, yet another innocent and unarmed black guy murdered. But it seems nothing will ever be done about it because the middle class - Whitey - and this includes me, wants the cops to stay in place to "protect" us. Then again I want it stopped no matter what.
 
 
+2 # elkingo 2015-02-15 00:44
Also, Mr. Jaquez is wearing a Tupac Shakur baseball cap, which already brands him as a dangerous nigger, and - he appears to pointing his finger in he shot. UH OO! That could be a gun disguised as a finger!
You can't be too careful!
 
 
+1 # Nominae 2015-02-15 21:05
Quoting elkingo:
Also, Mr. Jaquez is wearing a Tupac Shakur baseball cap, which already brands him as a dangerous nigger, and - he appears to pointing his finger in he shot. UH OO! That could be a gun disguised as a finger!
You can't be too careful!


Very eloquent comment, but you may benefit from the knowledge that SE Colorado has a significant Hispanic population, that the name "Jack Jaquez" is of Hispanic derivation, and that the man pictured above, wearing the ball cap, is *obviously* Hispanic, not Black.

As you note above: "You can't be too careful!"
 

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