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CO Policeman Charged With Murder

As James Ashby faces second-degree murder charges, unsealed court papers reveal that Jack Jacquez, the 27-year-old man he fatally shot in the back, was posing no threat and faced away from the officer. Ashby, who claimed he thought the boy was burglarizing a home, may have lied to investigators about his interactions with Jacquez. Evidence points to the victim being at his own home and posing no harm to the officer or the community. A bullet hole to the back severed Jacquez’s spinal cord, which also pierced his lung and heart, led to Jacquez’s death. Ashby was fired from the Rocky Ford police department after his arrest.