Arapahoe DA will investigate King’s conduct
A district attorney from Arapahoe County — not the Colorado Bureau of Investigation — is now tasked with investigating alleged misconduct by state Sen. Steve King, the Republican candidate for Mesa County Sheriff.
The Office of the District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District will investigate King “to ensure an independent and objective review” of the case, said Susan Medina, a CBI spokeswoman.
Last month, interim Sheriff Rebecca Speiss asked the CBI to investigate King and also the timing of a disclosure by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office about the internal investigation that led to King’s June 6 firing by then Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey.
Hilkey fired King from his temporary job with the Sheriff’s Office 18 days before the Republican primary, following an internal investigation that concluded King falsified at least one timecard in May and violated the office’s code of conduct.
Hilkey now oversees the CBI in his new role as executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety.
Hilkey’s personal involvement in King’s firing apparently weighed in favor of the decision to transfer the investigation away from the CBI.
The 18th Judicial District, which comprises Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln counties, has no geographic connection to, or ongoing professional relationship with, King or the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Medina said.
District Attorney George Brauchler assigned Assistant District Attorney Mark Hurlbert to oversee the King investigation, she said.
Hurlbert recently won a murder conviction against a former Silverthorne photographer who murdered his wife.
He is also involved in the prosecution of Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes, according to news reports.
Before he was term-limited out as Summit County District Attorney in 2012, Hurlbert acted as the prosecutor in several high profile cases, including the unsuccessful sex assault prosecution of Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant in 2003.