GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) – Testimony continued Tuesday in the murder trial of a former Weld County deputy accused of shooting and killing his wife.
Tom Fallis is accused of murdering his 28-year-old wife after a New Year’s Eve party in 2012. Ashley Fallis’ death was first ruled a suicide, but the case was reopened two years later.
Madison Glover was a teenager and neighbor of the Fallis family the night the shooting happened. She testified on Tuesday that she crouched under a window and saw Tom Fallis covered in blood and rocking back and forth.
She told jurors she could hear him talking, “I remember him saying along the lines of ‘What have I done’ or ‘What did I do?'” said Glover.
Prosecutors called another neighbor to the stand on Monday but when she testified she said she didn’t remember much of that night.
A Greeley police detective also testified on Tuesday he had interviewed a witness and she told him she heard an argument and a woman yelling, “Get off me!” just before shots were fired.
Prosecutors also used testimony to raise questions about how Evans police treated Tom Fallis from early on in their investigation, and they played a recording from a police body camera that was worn that night.
Video from the police body camera shows what unfolded minutes after the shooting. There’s plenty of yelling and then Tom Fallis is seen outside, apparently on a cellphone, as paramedics rush in and police sweep the home.
Evans Officer Gabe Riemer happened to be wearing the camera as part of a test program that night. He told the jury it’s standard to initially treat any shooting as a homicide, but indicated in this case that didn’t happen.
“You didn’t do anything to attempt to preserve the condition of his hands at the scene?” Riemer was asked.
“That’s fair,” he replied.
“If someone was a homicide suspect, that’s something you would want to know, right?” he was asked.
“Probably, yes,” Riemer replied.
Later Riemer drove Tom Fallis to police headquarters, letting his father Jim Fallis ride along. Once there, Riemer said he left the room several times to give them privacy.
Riemer also said the body camera was recording when he had some interactions with Tom Fallis following the shooting but there was a problem downloading the video and now it’s gone.
Prosecutors didn’t ask why Tom Fallis might have been treated differently.