Mitchell Byars
Boulder Daily Camera

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October 8, 2012
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Marty Grisham murder: Experts say time, lack of weapon pose hurdles in Boulder case

On a November night in 1994, Boulder city worker Marty Grisham was fatally shot in his own doorway while having dinner with his girlfriend, and for nearly the next 18 years the identity of his suspected killer went unknown.

Now, prosecutors will try and finally bring the case to a close.

Today, the Boulder County District Attorney's Office will begin its case in hopes of convincing a jury that Michael Clark - who at the time of the murder was friends with Grisham's daughter - is the person who shot Grisham four times as he answered a knock on his door.

Clark, 36, was arrested in Summit County in January and charged with first-degree murder in Grisham's death. He pleaded not guilty in April, and remains free on $100,000 bond.

According to court records, Clark had been a person of interest when the murder first occurred, but the evidence pointing to him did not surface until investigators took a second look at the case years later.

Prosecutors say Clark had stolen some checkbooks from Grisham, who reported the theft to police the day he was shot. Investigators say Grisham's daughter, Kristen, had given Clark a key to Grisham's house, and that Grisham may have suspected Clark had stolen the checks.

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