Police chief: CBI ‘strongly involved’ in officer’s wife slaying investigation
GREELEY Police Chief Jerry Garner said state authorities are “strongly involved” in investigating the slaying of a police officer’s wife.The case has raised questions about a possible conflict of interest because of the department’s connection to the people involved. Garner has said his department has the professionalism to conduct the investigation into the fatal shooting of Heather Garraus, wife of officer Ignacio Garraus.But Garner said last week while his department is the lead investigative agency, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation was called in within 48 hours of the shooting.”There are multiple CBI agents involved in this investigation,” Garner said.Garraus, 37, was gunned down gunned down outside the Colorado State Employees Credit Union in Greeley as she left work Jan. 23.Shawna Louise Nelson, 35, has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying. Her sister, Debbie Smith, has said Nelson had a three-year affair with Garraus’ husband that resulted in Nelson giving birth to Garraus’ son.Nelson is married to a Weld County sheriff’s investigator. Officials said she was transferred to a jail in another county for her safety because she could have run into an inmate investigated by her husband.District Judge Roger Klein has ordered Nelson held without bond and the documents in the case to remain sealed until Feb. 13 so he and prosecutors can review them.Nelson’s next court appearance is set for March 2.
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