Blagg won’t appear at GJ hearing

Serving life sentence at Centennial Correctional Facility

A judge this week rejected a bid to bring convicted murderer Michael Blagg back to Mesa County.

In a written order issued Wednesday, Chief District Judge David Bottger denied a request filed by Mesa County prosecutors seeking Blagg’s return for a May 22 hearing.

“I see no reason to put the sheriff to this expense,” Bottger wrote in the motion.

The judge said Blagg’s appellate attorneys already waived his appearance, and the May 22 hearing doesn’t represent a critical stage in Blagg’s current appeal.

Blagg, 45, is housed at the state’s Centennial Correctional Facility and is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole after his 2004 conviction for murdering his wife, Jennifer.

Blagg’s public defenders are seeking a new trial, arguing the conviction was tainted because a juror was legally blind and failed to disclose it during jury selection.

The legally-blind-juror issue was raised in January after the Colorado Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s review of the case.


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