Former Colorado deputy extradited from Indiana found not guilty in wife’s death

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Tom Fallis

GREELEY, Colo. (April 1, 2016) – A jury found a former Colorado deputy not guilty of killing his wife.

Tom Fallis moved to Bloomington, Ind., with his three children after his wife’s death in 2012. He had worked as a sheriff’s jail deputy in Colorado’s Weld County. Fallis was arrested in Bloomington in 2014 and extradited back to Colorado.

Fallis’ wife, Ashley, died on New Year’s Day in 2012. Her death was originally ruled a suicide, but an investigation from KDVR uncovered new evidence in the case, which was later reopened. A grand jury then indicted Fallis for second-degree murder.

Ashley Fallis with her three children/KDVR
Ashley Fallis with her three children/KDVR

Ashley Fallis’ family believed investigators hid evidence and covered up for Fallis. A neighbor said he heard Fallis confess to murdering his wife and relayed that information to an investigator.

Prosecutors argued that Ashley Fallis shot herself with her own gun.

The trial began on March 15. Defense attorneys and prosecutors rested their cases Wednesday. Jurors began deliberating Thursday morning and took about three hours to acquit Fallis.

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