Denver police officer, wife deny charges after brawl

DENVER - A Denver police officer and his wife involved in a brawl at a cookout in Aurora have pleaded not guilty.

The Denver Post reports ( ) 42-year-old Jeremy Ownbey pleaded not guilty Tuesday to second-degree trespass and child abuse. His wife, 32-year-old Jamie Ownbey, denied charges of third-degree assault and child abuse.

Investigators say an argument turned violent between the Ownbeys and another couple after heavy drinking on May 19. The homeowner, who also is a Denver police officer, asked the Ownbeys to leave, at which point investigators say Jamie Ownbey struck the other wife from behind. The officers then started fighting.

Investigators say the officers acknowledged they and their wives trade sex partners, but they denied sex sparked the brawl.

Prosecutors say the Ownbeys also left their two young children home alone during the dinner, prompting the child abuse charges.

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