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Associated Press Updated: March 28, 2015 at 5:00 am


Woman charged under new Colorado law in mom attack

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado woman accused of cutting a fetus from a pregnant woman has been charged with attempted murder, assault and unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Prosecutors filed the charges against 34-year-old Dynel Lane on Friday.

The case has revived a debate over the point at which a fetus can legally be considered a human being.

Prosecutors announced earlier that murder wouldn't be among Lane's charges because of evidence the baby didn't survive after being removed from the mother.

Colorado has rejected proposals to make the violent death of a fetus a homicide.

The unlawful termination charge was filed under a new law intended to be a compromise between opponents and supporters of abortion rights.


Parents of Colorado theater shooting victim lose lawsuit

DENVER (AP) — The parents of a woman who was killed in the Colorado movie theater shooting have lost their bid to hold ammunition sellers liable for the attack.

Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, whose daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was one of 12 people killed in the July 2012 attack, had sued four online retailers that provided bullets, gun magazines and body armor alleged to have been used in the shooting. The federal lawsuit argued the retailers failed to prevent dangerous people like defendant James Holmes from buying weapons.

The Denver Post reports U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch ruled Friday that state and federal laws protect ammunition sellers from such lawsuits. He dismissed the case.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.


Man convicted of causing fiancee's death in DUI crash

(Information in the following story is from: Fort Collins Coloradoan,

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Fort Collins man of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed his fiancee.

The Coloradoan reports 27-year-old Christopher Graham was found guilty Friday of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and a series of traffic charges in connection with the March 14, 2014, crash northwest of Fort Collins that killed 25-year-old Jane Chrismer. Graham is scheduled to be sentenced May 18.

Investigators say his blood-alcohol concentration was 0.219 percent — nearly three times the legal limit — three hours after he lost control of his pickup on a curve. Defense attorneys say Graham might have been slightly impaired, but he was still able to drive. They also say mechanical issues might have played a role.


Cop accused of tipping off sting target pleads not guilty

(Information in the following story is from: Daily Camera,

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A former Boulder police detective accused of warning a child-luring suspect that he was under investigation has denied several charges.

The Daily Camera reports 56-year-old Jack Gardner pleaded not guilty Friday to being an accessory to a crime, official misconduct and obstructing a peace officer. He is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 14, when his attorney says he plans argue that his client was in an impaired mental state.

Gardner is accused of sending the suspect an email from his work computer in June warning him not to meet a 13-year-old girl, who was really a Boulder police officer looking to arrest him. Investigators believe the detective tipped off the suspect because he was upset about being left out of the department's plan to arrest the man.

Gardner resigned from the department in October.

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