LA JUNTA, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – Jurors in southern Colorado have begun deliberating in the case of a former Rocky Ford police officer accused of shooting and killing a man he followed into his home.
James Ashby is accused of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of 27-year-old Jack Jacquez.
La Junta Tribune-Democrat reports the case went to the jury at noon Wednesday. Jurors had heard testimony from both Ashby, who says he acted in self-defense, and from the victim’s mother. Viola Jacquez testified Ashby entered the home in La Junta she shared with her son and gave no verbal command and did not identify himself as a police officer before he shot Jack Jacquez in the back.
Ashby had told investigators he thought Jacquez was a burglar, but officials say the former officer had no reason to believe Jacquez was committing a crime.
“I’m just looking for this to be over. I’m tired of it, I’m just exhausted,” said Jacquez’s father Jack Jacquez, Sr.
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