Jensen denied bond reduction

24-year-old Heather Lynn Jensen comes into Mesa County District Judge Valerie Robison’s courtroom in the Mesa County Justice Center Thursday morning for a brief hearing in the case of the Palisade mother accused in the deaths of her two young sons.

District Judge Valerie Robison this morning denied a defense request to lower bond in the case of accused Palisade mother Heather Jensen.

Jensen, 24, has already left Colorado once without needed permission of the court and in violation of the terms of a deferred judgment, Robison said this morning in denying Jensen’s request.

Jensen is being held at the Mesa County Jail on $150,000 bond and is scheduled for a two-hour preliminary hearing on May 1.

Jensen is charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor charge, including two counts of child abuse resulting in death, two counts of criminally negligent homicide and one count of false reporting to authorities, in connection with the deaths of her sons, William, 2, and Tyler, 4. The boys died as a result of overheating in their mother’s Toyota 4Runner on the night of Nov. 27, 2012, on Grand Mesa. William died that night, while Tyler was removed from life support on Dec. 3. An arrest warrant affidavit alleges Jensen was having sex with a man and smoking marijuana as her boys were left alone inside their mother’s vehicle.

Robison’s denial came the morning after a heated exchange in court between a prosecutor and a former defense attorney in Jensen’s case. Read the full story here:



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