Colorado News Roundup: JonBenet Ramsey’s brother to discuss case on ‘Dr. Phil’ (08.03.16)
LOS ANGELES — The brother of JonBenet Ramsey will publicly discuss his younger sister’s death for the first time in an interview to be broadcast on “Dr. Phil” next month.
Burke Ramsey was 9 years old when his 6-year-old sister was found dead in the basement of the family’s Boulder home on Dec. 26, 1996. Public suspicion immediately focused on the girl’s parents, John and Patty Ramsey, and Burke.
In 2008, the three were officially cleared by prosecutors who said that DNA found on the girl’s underwear didn’t match anyone in the family.
In announcing the appearance, the “Dr. Phil” show says the now 29-year-old Burke will reveal what he knows about JonBenet’s death.
The interview is set to air over three programs beginning Sept. 12.
CU professor gets pair of asteroids named after him
BOULDER, Colo. — The University of Colorado has announced that a pair of asteroids between Mars and Jupiter has been named after Professor Jay McMahon.
The Daily Camera reports that university officials said Monday the asteroids, which are orbiting each other in the asteroid belt between the two planets, have been named “(46829) McMahon.” The name was approved by the International Astronomical Union.
The binary asteroids have been a major focus of McMahon’s research.
An astronomer at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague had discovered the pair and recommended it be named after McMahon, an assistant research professor of aerospace engineering.
According to CU, four CU Boulder aerospace alumni have asteroids named in their honor.
Construction on new CSU stadium reaches halfway point
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Colorado State University officials say the school’s new $220 million stadium remains on time and on budget as crews have reached the halfway point of construction.
The Coloradoan reports that hundreds of construction workers, university officials and others gathered at the site of the new on-campus stadium Tuesday to celebrate its progress.
Construction had begun on the 41,000-capacity facility in September 2015, and the work is scheduled to be complete in time for the CSU Rams to kick off the 2017 football season.
CSU President Tony Frank says the facility will also include an alumni center and space for academic advising.
Murder charge for man who allegedly set girlfriend on fire
DENVER — A man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire at a Clear Creek County campsite has been charged with first-degree murder.
The Denver Post reports 32-year-old John Vasquez, of Arvada, was charged with attempted murder before Christina Archuleta died of her injuries July 20. The new charges were filed July 27.
Authorities who went to the camping area June 17 found Archuleta with burns covering a large portion of her body. Vasquez is suspected of pouring gasoline on the woman before setting her on fire.
Archuleta’s young sons were at the campsite but were unharmed.
A man who answered the phone at the Clear Creek County jail declined to say if Vasquez has hired an attorney.
Man, woman involved in murder-suicide in Denver ID’d
DENVER — Authorities have released the names of a man and a woman who were involved in a murder-suicide in southwest Denver.
The Denver Post reports 26-year-old Santy Orozco-Uribe’s death has been ruled a homicide, and 23-year-old Jose Ibarra-Corral’s death was ruled a suicide.
Officers found the pair dead Saturday night after they were called to the home on reports of shots fired. Neighbors say a man and a woman lived in the home and fought often.
Consultant to ensure Colorado inmates don’t languish in jail
DENVER — A newly reached settlement requires an independent consultant to ensure that Colorado inmates don’t languish in local jails without mental competency exams.
The agreement comes after an advocacy group sued the Colorado Department of Human Services, saying it violated a 2012 settlement by allowing a growing list of inmates waiting for court-ordered services. The Disability Law Center said at one point at least 100 inmates were waiting weeks or months to be seen.
The department said earlier this year that it had eliminated the backlog with increases in staff and other changes.
The agreement requires the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo to admit inmates within 28 days after a judge orders a competency exam or rules an inmate is incompetent to stand trial.
The consultant will review reports and visit facilities, among other duties.
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