Could there finally be justice for the slain Ashley Fallis?
Former Weld County sheriff s deputy Thomas Fallis, 34, was arrested Tuesday in Bloomington, Indiana, in connection with the murder of his wife, FOX31 Denver reports. The mother of three was fatally shot on New Year’s Day at her home in Evans, Colorado, in 2012.
At the time, her death was ruled a suicide, despite the fact that she was shot in the back of the head, FOX31 Denver reports.
Ashley’s family has long insisted that her death was no accident. Even more distressing? The family also believes that a local law enforcement officer helped cover up her murder, according to CBS4.
Fallis was indicted for second-degree murder on Monday after new evidence came to light against the former cop.
Among that evidence was an eyewitness account by neighbor Nick Glover, who says he overheard Fallis confess to his wife’s murder. Glover claims he gave this statement to Evans Police Officer Michael Yates, but it was not included in Yates’s reports, according to FOX31 Denver.
“Part of the new evidence does involve some additional witnesses that either weren t known or hadn t made statements previously,” Michael Rourke, a spokesman for the Weld County District Attorney s Office, confirmed to CBS4.
Another key statement that was omitted? One from Ashley’s 6-year-old daughter, who said she “saw daddy getting the gun ready” and said she “saw daddy shoot mommy,” according to a police report obtained by FOX31 Denver.
Cops reportedly did not lend the child’s statement credence because she said she witnessed three shots when Ashley, who was just 28 at the time of her death, was only shot once, according to FOX31 Denver.
Loveland police conducted an investigation into allegations that Yates covered up the investigation into Ashley’s death, but he was cleared of any criminal charges. He is now the subject of an internal investigation, FOX 31 Denver reports.
Fallis’s attorney insisted his client did not murder Ashley, releasing a statement to CBS4 that read: “Mr. Fallis is innocent. He deeply loves his wife and did not kill her.”
Meanwhile, a lawyer for Ashley’s family told CBS4: “The family is happy that the wheels of justice are turning finally, and they certainly hope that he gets convicted of murder and goes to prison.”
Fallis, who was living in Indiana with his three children, could face extradition to Colorado within a week, reports CBS4.
The children are currently in the custody Fallis’s mother.