July 19, 2019

Update: AG Suthers Overseeing 22nd Judicial District Prosecutions Following DA Wilson’s Death

Gov. Bill Ritter has issued an executive order authorizing Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to temporarily oversee prosecutions in the Twenty-Second Judicial District after the accidental death this weekend of Montezuma and Dolores County District Attorney Jim Wilson.

Wilson died in a single-vehicle accident early Saturday morning when his Harley-Davidson motorcycle went over a guardrail on westbound I-70. He was wearing a helmet, and intoxicants are not believed to have been involved in the accident, pending toxicology results.

The I-70 corridor at the base of the foothills is well known for high winds, which are suspected to have pushed the district attorney out of his traffic lane and down a steep embankment, where he perished from multiple internal injuries.

According to the Cortez Journal, Attorney General Suthers said that he anticipates that the governor will name a replacement for Wilson within the next three weeks. In the meantime, Suthers’ first lieutenant Rob Shapiro is handling prosecutions and other responsibilities in the Twenty-Second Judicial District. Suthers remarked, “(Rob) will do well working with the lawyers over there. It’s going to be pretty much business as usual.”

(image source: Cortez Journal)

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