Trial Postponed For Ex-Rocky Ford Cop Charged With Murder

The trial for a former Rocky Ford police officer charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man has been postponed from July to January.

James Ashby is charged with second-degree murder and criminally negligent homicide in the Oct. 12 on-duty shooting of Jack Jacquez. Witnesses say Ashby followed Jacquez into the home of Jacquez's mother and shot him in the back.

Ashby pleaded not guilty in February. He told investigators he believed Jacquez was a burglar, but the Colorado Bureau of Investigation determined Ashby had no reason to believe Jacquez was committing a crime before the shooting.

The Denver Post reports Ashby's trial was postponed to Jan. 11 on Tuesday.