BOULDER, Colo. - The former Boulder police officer accused of killing a trophy elk on Mapleton Hill while on duty goes on trial beginning Tuesday.
Sam Carter is accused of firing the shot that killed the elk -- nicknamed "Big Boy" by residents -- on January 1, 2013.
Carter faces two counts of tampering with physical evidence, one count of forgery and one count of attempting to influence a public official -- all felonies.
Carter also faces misdemeanor counts of official misconduct, illegal possession of a trophy elk with a Samson Law surcharge, conspiracy to commit illegal possession of wildlife, unlawfully taking of a big game animal out of season, and unlawful use of an electronic communication device to unlawfully take wildlife.
Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said that the department was inundated with more than 15,000 concerned messages about the killing of the elk from around the world.
The other former officer involved in the case, Brent Curnow, agreed to a plea deal. He was accused of talking to Carter about killing the elk, helping to remove the elk's carcass and process the meat.
Curnow was sentenced to one year probation and 60 days of house arrest.