This week, siblings of Michael Blagg went to court to try to get information released in the state’s tight-lipped attempt to convict Blagg a second time around for murdering his wife — including defense documents that they believe identify a possible alternate suspect and have been suppressed from public view.
The development is the latest twist in a high-profile homicide case that stretches back sixteen years, to the 2001 violent death of Mesa County resident Jennifer Blagg and the disappearance of her six-year-old daughter, Abby. The investigation seemed to have reached a resolution in 2004, when a jury found Michael guilty of Jennifer’s murder. Prosecutors presented evidence that he’d shot her in the face while she was in bed and took her body to a dumpster at his business; police found the body in a local landfill. (Abby has never been found, alive or dead, and Blagg was never charged with her murder.)
But Blagg’s conviction was overturned a decade later, after Judge David Bottger ruled that one of the jurors in the case had committed misconduct. During jury selection, the woman had denied any personal experience with domestic violence, which was a key component of the case against Blagg; long after the trial was over, the juror admitted at a Grand Junction city council meeting that she’d been “a victim of domestic violence for ten years.”
Blagg has remained in jail without bond, awaiting a new trial, for the past three years. His attorneys were successful in getting the new trial moved from Grand Junction to Golden and fended off an attempt by the prosecution to introduce evidence never used at the first trial that suggests Blagg made a previous attempt to kill…
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