DA waiting to close case against late Grand Junction police officer

A court case is continuing for at least a few more weeks for a former Grand Junction police officer who apparently committed suicide days after he was arrested on rape accusations.

Prosecutors told a judge Tuesday they need more time for documentation before determining how to handle the case against 35-year-old Glenn Coyne. A status hearing is scheduled for Nov. 3.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger has said the case will be closed after authorities receive a death certificate. Hautzinger said Tuesday he is “in no hurry” to unseal an arrest affidavit in the case.

Coyne, a law enforcement officer of 10 years, was arrested on charges of felony sexual assault and first-degree burglary Oct. 1 after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman Sept. 29. Coyne was among a group of officers who responded to a call at the woman’s home on Sept. 27.

After the incident, the woman called Coyne during the day the next day for additional assistance, and he allegedly responded to her home and sexually assaulted her after his shift ended at 1 a.m. on Sept. 29, according to interim Police Chief John Camper.

Coyne posted a $250,000 bond Oct. 3 and was found dead in a hotel in west Denver on Oct. 6. His death was preliminarily listed as a suicide.


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