Woman pleads guilty to tampering in murder case

BROOMFIELD — A Broomfield woman accused of trying to remove blood stains from the carpet after what police say was a deadly argument at her home has pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence.

The Broomfield Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1iP3kna ) Carissa Koch entered her plea Friday and is scheduled to be sentenced June 19.

Koch’s husband, Matthew P. Burnett, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old James Clifford Fernandez and is scheduled to be sentenced May 23.

Police say Fernandez’ body was found on a street Aug. 17 after he got in an argument with Burnett at the couple’s home.

An arrest affidavit says Burnett attacked Fernandez after finding him in a “compromising position” with his wife. Fernandez sustained head trauma during the struggle.


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