|Samuel Carter, left, and Brent Curnow, wait for their case to |
be called before Boulder District Judge Roxanne Bailin.
(Photo Cliff Grassmick)
|Attorneys, Marc Colin, top left, and, Patrick Mulligan, |
walk out of the Boulder County Justice Center with clients,
ex-Boulder police officers Samuel Carter, center
and Brent Curnow. (Photo Cliff Grassmick)
They are also set for a motions hearing on Sept. 4.
Carter and Curnow are each charged with two counts of tampering with physical evidence, a Class 6 felony, one count of forgery, a Class 5 felony, and one count of attempting to influence a public official, a Class 4 felony.
|A photo of "Big Boy", the name given by residents who |
enjoyed seeing him year after year in the neighborhood
They also face misdemeanor counts of first-degree official misconduct, illegal possession of a trophy elk with a Samson Law surcharge, conspiracy to commit illegal possession of wildlife, unlawfully taking of a big game animal out of season, and unlawful use of an electronic communication device to unlawfully take wildlife.
According to an arrest affidavit, Carter -- while on duty -- shot and killed the elk near Mapleton Avenue and Ninth Street on Jan. 1. Curnow -- who was scheduled to be on duty but had called in sick that day -- then arrived in his pickup truck to haul away the carcass.
|Shameful: When you tarnish one badge, you tarnish them all.|
While Carter told police he shot the elk because he saw it was injured, a necropsy revealed no evidence of a prior injury to the elk, and dispatch records show Carter did not report the shooting.
Text-messaging records also show conversations about killing the elk between Carter and Curnow almost 20 hours before the shooting.
|"Elk are a part of nature and nature is a very special thing |
on earth and it [is] really sad that elk died and whatever
police officer did [it] made a really bad [decision]
and should be arrested and ashamed."
Carter and Curnow resigned after an internal investigation was launched by the Boulder Police Department.
Both men are free on $20,000 personal recognizance bonds.
(Daily Camera - May 31, 2013)
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