A Weld County Sheriff’s deputy who was recently acquitted of murdering his wife has not necessarily put all of his legal woes to rest, as he may still have to defend himself in a civil case, if the victim’s family moves forward to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the deputy.
Details of the Case
According to the police report and court documents, here are some of the most important details of the criminal case:
- The deputy plead not guilty to the second-degree murder charges.
- During the course of the trial, which lasted for a total of 12 days, prosecutors alleged that the deputy was an angry husband, who fought with his wife and had reason for doing her harm. As part of their case, prosecutors presented evidence that:
- The wife had been having an affair, with the alleged partner testifying during the course of the trial. At one point, this partner testified that he had overheard an argument between the man and his wife, revealing the man’s potential intent to harm his wife.
- The defendant had reportedly confessed to shooting his wife, according to the testimony of one witness.
- The defense countered the prosecution’s agruments by painting the wife as unhappy and depressed, alleging that the wife had committed suicide. As part of thier case, the defense presented evidence contending that:
- The wife, who allegedly used marijuana against her husband’s wishes, was mentally unstable. The man having an affair with the wife even corroborated reports of her “unstable” nature and verified that she always kept a loaded gun in her purse.
- Jurors heard conflicting testimony from crime scene investigators about the location of splattered blood and the gun used in the shooting.
- The defendant did not take the witness stand to testify on his own behalf.
- After deliberating for just over 3 hours, the jury returned a “not guilty” verdict, clearing the officer of all criminal charges associated with his wife’s death.
Although the deputy has put this criminal case behind him, he may still face a legal battle in civil court if the wife’s family exercises their right to pursue a wrongful death case against the man.
A Closer Look at Wrongful Death Cases
While the tragic loss of a loved one can never be erased by money, pursuing a civil wrongful death case can be essential to helping families secure some sense of justice. It can also provide surviving loved ones with crucial financial support to lay loved ones to rest and deal with their grief.
When it comes to pursuing these types of cases, it’s important to understand that:
- There are strict filing deadlines.
- The recoveries may include compensatory and/or punitive damages, depending on the details of a given case.
- The best way to position wrongful death cases for success is to retain an experienced attorney.
Contact a Denver Wrongful Death Lawyer at the Law Office of James H. Guest, LLC
If you or a loved one has been harmed by negligence – or if you have lost a loved one as a result of a wrongful death, contact a Denver wrongful death lawyer at the Law Office of James H. Guest, LLC for clear answers about your rights and recovery options.
Contact our firm today by calling (303) 872-5283 or (888) 841-6593 or by emailing us via the contact form on this page. We offer free initial consultations, and there is no fee for our services if there is no recovery in your case.