Fruita man jailed in wife’s slaying

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Steven Spiess, from his arrest in April 2014

Mom of 2 shot in face with shotgun;
wounded suspect held on $1M bond

A Fruita man took aim at his wife’s face with a 16-gauge shotgun, at a distance of three feet or less, before turning the weapon on himself in a spiral fueled by alcohol and a fight over money erupting on a Sunday in January, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
His face partially covered by a surgical mask, wearing gloves, a hospital gown and appearing frail when required to walk during a bond hearing broadcast via video feed from the Mesa County Jail, 47-year-old Steven Scott Spiess on Tuesday was ordered held in lieu of $1 million cash on a Fruita Police Department warrant with counts of first-degree murder and misdemeanor prohibited use of a weapon.

Body camera bills
 designed to help 
police-citizen trust

Under a proposed body-camera grant program approved by a House committee Tuesday, police officers can use body cameras to exonerate themselves when someone claims they’ve done something wrong.

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