Jury Convicts Colorado Officer Who Killed Unarmed Man

June 23, 2016

A jury in southeast Colorado has convicted a former Rocky Ford police officer of second-degree murder for shooting a man he followed into a home.

The Denver Post reports jurors found 33-year-old James Ashby guilty Thursday in the Oct. 12, 2014, death of 27-year-old Jack Jacquez. Ashby is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 23.

Prosecutors say he was on duty when he followed Jacquez into the home of Jacquez's mother and shot him in the back. Ashby told investigators he thought Jacquez was a burglar, but the Colorado Bureau of Investigation determined the officer had no reason to believe Jacquez was committing a crime before the shooting.

Ashby was arrested a month after the shooting and was fired from the Rocky Ford police department.

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