GJ MAN KILLED IN COLORADO SPRINGS

Cops say he was murdered day before his sex trial

A man with residences in Colorado Springs and Grand Junction was found shot to death in a Colorado Springs park Monday, a day before he was scheduled to go to trial on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl.

Jon Hazard, 43, died of multiple gunshot wounds, and his death was ruled a homicide, according to Colorado Springs police and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department.

Citing an arrest affidavit, the Gazette in Colorado Springs reported the 15-year-old girl told police she met Hazard while she was in middle school and was friends with his sons when they lived in the same Colorado Springs neighborhood.

According to the Gazette, the girl told investigators Hazard threatened to show her mother a video of the girl making out with a friend unless she sent him explicit pictures of herself.

In early 2008, the two went to a hotel, where the girl awoke to find Hazard sexually assaulting her, the affidavit said.

The Gazette reported the girl continued to send Hazard nude pictures of herself by cell phone, and Hazard took photos of her in a motel room. The sexual assault allegations came to light after the girl reportedly went with Hazard to Grand Junction, where she was found by her mother.

A phone call in which Hazard admitted molesting the girl and asked her if she was trying to get him arrested was tape-recorded by police, the Gazette reported.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said Mesa County deputies took a report last July of a possible sex offense involving Hazard and a juvenile girl.

The report was filed by a woman in Colorado Springs. The case was transferred to the Grand Junction Police Department, but Benjamin said she didn’t know why.

Grand Junction police spokeswoman Kate Porras said Colorado Springs
detectives contacted them “a while back” for assistance in an investigation involving Hazard.

“We’ve never had an open case with him,” Porras said.

Benjamin said Sheriff’s Department records last July listed a home address for Hazard on Cross Canyon Lane in Pear Park. The records were later updated to indicate he lived at a home on Pinewood Court in northeast Grand Junction.

A woman who answered the door Wednesday afternoon at the Cross Canyon Lane home said she had lived in the home since December and hadn’t heard of Hazard. Nobody answered the door at the Pinewood Court home.

A search of records Wednesday at the Mesa County Justice Center showed no local criminal history for Hazard.

By MIKE WIGGINS and PAUL SHOCKLEY
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A man with residences in Colorado Springs and Grand Junction was found shot to death in a Colorado Springs park Monday, a day before he was scheduled to go to trial on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl.
Jon Hazard, 43, died of multiple gunshot wounds, and his death was ruled a homicide, according to Colorado Springs police and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department.
Citing an arrest affidavit, the Gazette in Colorado Springs reported the 15-year-old girl told police she met Hazard while she was in middle school and was friends with his sons when they lived in the same Colorado Springs neighborhood.
According to the Gazette, the girl told investigators Hazard threatened to show her mother a video of the girl making out with a friend unless she sent him explicit pictures of herself.
In early 2008, the two went to a hotel, where the girl awoke to find Hazard sexually assaulting her, the affidavit said.
The Gazette reported the girl continued to send Hazard nude pictures of herself by cell phone, and Hazard took photos of her in a motel room. The sexual assault allegations came to light after the girl reportedly went with Hazard to Grand Junction, where she was found by her mother.
A phone call in which Hazard admitted molesting the girl and asked her if she was trying to get him arrested was tape-recorded by police, the Gazette reported.
Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said Mesa County deputies took a report last July of a possible sex offense involving Hazard and a juvenile girl. The report was filed by a woman in Colorado Springs. The case was transferred to the Grand Junction Police Department, but Benjamin said she didn’t know why.
Grand Junction police spokeswoman Kate Porras said Colorado Springs
detectives contacted them “a while back” for assistance in an investigation involving Hazard.
“We’ve never had an open case with him,” Porras said.
Benjamin said Sheriff’s Department records last July listed a home address for Hazard on Cross Canyon Lane in Pear Park. The records were later updated to indicate he lived at a home on Pinewood Court in northeast Grand Junction.
A woman who answered the door Wednesday afternoon at the Cross Canyon Lane home said she had lived in the home since December and hadn’t heard of Hazard. Nobody answered the door at the Pinewood Court home.
A search of records Wednesday at the Mesa County Justice Center showed no local criminal history for Hazard.


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