Pitkin offers legal help in carbon monoxide deaths

ASPEN— Pitkin County and the city of Aspen are offering to help pay for the criminal defense of two current and former employees indicted in the 2008 carbon monoxide deaths of a Denver couple and their two children.

Pitkin County officials said Wednesday they will be paying for the defense of building-plans examiner Brian Pawl. The county says it may also help pay for part of the defense of Erik Peltonen, a now retired building inspector. Aspen is also offering to help Peltonen with his legal fees.

Peltonen and Pawl both face four counts of misdemeanor reckless endangerment and Peltonen faces an additional four charges of criminally negligent homicide.

Investigators say a disconnected exhaust pipe leaked the odorless gas into the Aspen house where the family was staying.


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