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Woman Denies Tampering In Broomfield Murder Case

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Carissa Koch and Matthew Burnett (credit: Broomfield Police)

Carissa Koch and Matthew Burnett (credit: Broomfield Police)

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — A 27-year-old Broomfield woman accused of trying to remove blood stains from the carpet after what police say was a deadly argument at her home has pleaded not guilty to tampering with evidence and being an accessory to a crime.

Sources say Carissa Koch entered her pleas Friday and is scheduled to go to trial July 21.

Her husband, 32-year-old Matthew P. Burnett, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old James Clifford Fernandez.

Police say Fernandez’ body was found on a street Aug. 17 after he got in an argument with Burnett at the couple’s home.

An arrest affidavit says Burnett attacked Fernandez after finding him in a “compromising position” with his wife. Fernandez sustained head trauma during the struggle.

Burnett also has been charged with possessing child pornography.

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