MESA COUNTY, Colo. - A Western Slope man serving a life sentence for killing his wife could be released as he awaits a new trial in the case.
A judge ordered a new trial for Michael Blagg on Wednesday because a juror lied about experiencing domestic violence. The Daily Sentinel reported Friday that prosecutors haven't decided yet whether to appeal the order.
If it stands, Blagg would be transferred from prison to the county jail. After that, Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said he would expect the judge to vacate Blagg's 2004 conviction. That would raise the possibility of allowing Blagg to post bond and be released while he awaits the a new trial.
Mesa County Chief Judge David Bottger found the juror concealed her domestic violence experience to sit in judgment of Blagg.
Blagg was convicted of first-degree murder in 2004 and sentenced to life in prison for the death of his wife, Jennifer.
Blagg reported her and their 6-year-old daughter, Abby, missing in November 2001. Searchers found Jennifer Blagg's body in a Mesa County landfill seven months later.
Abby remains missing and is presumed dead.