Murder Trial Begins for CO Man Accused of Shooting Wife
The investigation into a Colorado woman’s death has been reopened after new evidence suggests that her suicide could have been a murder.
Opening statements began today for Tom Fallis, four years after his wife Ashley died of a gunshot to the head.
Police had initially ruled her death as a suicide. But they reopened the case after a Fox 31 investigation brought new evidence forward, including an alleged confession Fallis made that was overheard by a neighbor.
Prosecutors say that Fallis, a former Weld County sheriff’s jail deputy, became enraged after his wife decided to drink and smoke pot at their New Year’s Eve party.
They say the couple then fell into an argument, and Ashley was shot, Alicia Acuna reported from Denver.
The defense says that Ashley was distraught and suicidal. As evidence, they read out in court today a suicide note that she had allegedly written months before.
Before the trial, Ashley’s family had accused the lead detective of leaving out a statement from the couple’s 6-year-old daughter, who allegedly said she “saw Daddy shoot Mommy.”
Fallis’ children are now expected to testify in the coming weeks.
Watch the full report, above.