GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4) – A Mesa County judge has recused himself from a criminal case against a Republican state senator.

Sen. Steven King, a Republican representing Mesa County, is facing embezzlement, forgery and theft charges. He is accused of falsifying time cards while working at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and Colorado Mesa University.

Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister says he can’t be involved in the case because of a conflict of interest. He did not explain the conflict.

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