Local murder case to be revisited 20 years later

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

Grand Junction, Colo (KKCO) --- Two decades after James Genrich was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole, the Colorado Justice Review Project has prompted a re-investigation into his case.

Three pipe bombs exploded killing two people in 1991 and evidence led back to Genrich, who has maintained his innocence for the last 20 years.

His new Defense Attorney, Colleen Scissors, said reviewing evidence and pursuing DNA testing could prove his innocence.

However, former District Attorney, Steve ErkenBrack, who was the prosecutor on the case, said the jury was the most attentive he had ever experienced and stands by the conviction.

"They realized the seriousness of the crime they realized how important it was to get it right and one of the reasons why frankly my perspective is very strong on this was when I went and talked to them afterwards they were absolutely convinced they had done the right thing," Steve ErkenBrack.

Scissors' next step in the process is to file a petition, however it could take up to a year for the courts to schedule a hearing.

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