Judge delays Jensen trial
Over objection from the District Attorney’s Office and victims in the case, District Judge Valerie Robison on Tuesday granted a last-minute defense motion to continue next week’s scheduled jury trial for Palisade mother Heather Jensen as her defense seeks an appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court.
The trial, which was scheduled to start Monday with prospective jurors to appear in court tomorrow, was rescheduled by the judge to start on Jan. 21.
“It’s sad, but we do what we’ve got to do,” said Robert Mathena, the grandfather of William Jensen, 2, and Tyler, 4, who died after overheating Nov. 27, 2012, on Grand Mesa in their mother’s sport utility vehicle.
The Daily Sentinel was the only news organization in attendance in court this afternoon when Robison delayed the case.
Jensen’s defense has said it will ask the Colorado Supreme Court to review a ruling issued by Robison earlier this month, which restricted the potential testimony of Mesa County forensic pathologist Dr. Robert Kurtzman. The judge ruled Kurtzman won’t be allowed to make any reference to whether the deaths were “medically an accident.”
Jensen, 25, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminally negligent homicide, two counts of child abuse resulting in death and false reporting in the deaths of her sons.
Some 400 summonses for jury duty were mailed to Mesa County residents late last month.
Read the full story in Wednesday’s Daily Sentinel.