DA decides to not re-try Fred Mueller

By: Nick Rothschild Email
By: Nick Rothschild Email

MONTROSE, Colo. Fred Mueller will not be re-tried for the suspicious drowning death of his wife, Dr. Leslie Mueller.

On Tuesday, District Attorney Dan Hotsenpiller filed a motion to dismiss the case against Mueller.

Hotsenpiller filed one count of murder agianst Mueller in 2012. After a five week trial in Gunnison County in 2013, a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Then the trial was moved to Broomfield County, where once again a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

The motion to dismiss will preclude a third trial that was set for January 6, 2014.

“Two separate juries in two separate jurisdictions were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the defendant’s guilt,” said Hostenpiller. “As prosecutors, we accept the highest burden of proof and the responsibility to be ministers of justice. After an extraordinary investigation and two jury trials presenting all evidence available to the people, it is my determination that a unanimous verdict is an unlikely outcome of a third trial."

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