The Denver Post is reporting that Norberto Abundez of Ft. Lupton was convicted on Tuesday for the murder of his cousin, Jesus Abundez-Plige. At the time of the murder, Abundez suspected that his wife and cousin were engaged in a romantic relationship.
Abundez had a previous confrontation with is cousin, and a protective order was issued. That order did not keep Abundez from shooting his cousin in the head at his Platteville home in 2008.
Abundez was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The Denver Post is reporting that on March 11, 2010, Shun Lamar Birch was sentenced to 5 years in the Bureau of Prisons, by United States District Court Judge Wiley Y. Daniel. This case stemmed from a firearms charge alleging that Birch, a convicted felon, was illegally in possession of two guns. The weapons were found at his Aurora residence.
Birch is also charged with the December 2006 murder of Kalonniann Clark, a prosecution witness in an unrelated case. That case is currently set for trial in state district court.
Under Colorado’s expressed consent law, you have the right to demand a blood test if you are suspected of driving drunk. You absolutely have the right to refuse to provide a sample of your breath or blood.
In certain limited situations, the police may obtain a sample of your blood without your consent and may even physically restrain you for these purposes:
If you are a suspect in a criminally negligent homicide, vehicular homicide, assault in the third degree or vehicular assault.
If the officer obtains a search warrant by articulating probable cause to a judge. This is treated exactly like a search warrant for a home, except that now the enclosed space to be searched is your body.
The Denver Post is reporting that a jury has convicted Willie Clark in the 2007 murder of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams. Clark shook his head sadly as the clerk read the verdict. He was found guilty of 21 counts, including two for first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting.
Clark will be sentenced on April 30, 2010. Insiders expect Clark to receive a life sentence from Judge Christina Habas.
Clark’s legal problems continue, as second trial is scheduled on charges that he killed a witness in an unrelated case.
The Post Chronicle is reporting that 30-year-old John Albert Gardner of Lake Elsinore has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of 17-year old Chelsea King. The Poway High School student was last seen on Thursday after going for a jog near Lake Hodges at the popular Rancho Bernardo Community Park in San Diego. Gardner is being held on suspicion of rape and murder.
He is also a suspect in the assault of a female jogger in Colorado Springs on December 27th.