Investigator Says Duran Changed His Testimony Day After Shooting

It was day 3 of a trial for a Palisade man accused of first shooting another man in the head, then leaving him to die on railroad tracks. Defendant James Anthony Duran sat through testimony from a chemical expert for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and a Mesa County Sheriff's Office investigator testified for the prosecution at the mesa county justice center Thursday.

A visiting judge and jurors heard testimony from Carol Crowe, who talked about gunshot residue. Crowe said there are three ways residue comes in contact with a person, they can fire a gun, be in the area where a gun is fired, or come in contact with something that has residue on it.

Crowe added that Duran and Brad Hatch, the man Duran is accused of shooting, both had gunshot residue on them at the time of the investigation.

Ivestigator Steven King also took the stand for the prosecution Thursday. King was involved in the initial interview with Duran, which happened the night of the shooting. He was also involved in the interrogation the following day. A tape of both was shown to jurors and the judge. King says Duran changed his story 2 hours into his interrogation.

The trial continues Friday morning at the Mesa County Justice Center.

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