Judge needs more time to review indictment in trooper involved shooting

Corporal Kirk Firko

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - More time is needed for a judge to review the findings of a Grand Jury in the case of two Colorado State Patrol Troopers accused in the shooting death of Jason Kemp.

Trooper Ivan Lawyer and Corporal Kirk Firko were both in court Tuesday morning. District Judge Richard Gurley is still reviewing Grand Jury transcripts in the case, so no decisions about moving forward were made Tuesday.

Lawyer is facing six charges, including criminally negligent homicide.

Firko also faces charges, including first degree criminal trespass.

According to court documents, Kemp was shot by Lawyer July 20. Colorado State Patrol had been called out to a hit-and-run accident in the Redlands and went to Kemp's home to investigate.

A Grand Jury indictment says Kemp refused to answer his door so Lawyer eventually kicked it in. Lawyer says he saw Kemp standing in the dark and when Kemp raised his arm like he was holding a gun, Lawyer shot him. Lawyer says he started CPR immediately but was unable to save Kemp.

The Troopers will be back in court at the end of next month.

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