Grand jury selection begins in Aspen for carbon monoxide inquiry
August 1, 2009
ASPEN – Dozens of local residents filed into a Pitkin County courtroom Friday, where a judge began selection of a grand jury that will investigate whether criminal charges should be filed in the carbon monoxide deaths of four people in the Aspen area during the Thanksgiving holiday.
The prospective jurors sat in morning and afternoon sessions in the courtroom, where the selection process was closed to the public.
Pitkin County District Judge James Boyd started choosing 12 jurors and four alternates. Prosecutors will then present evidence to the jurors about the deaths.
Parker and Caroline Lofgren of Denver and their two children, ages 8 and 10, were found dead the day after Thanksgiving in a home where they were spending the holiday.
They had won a weekend at the vacation home in a fundraiser.
Prosecutor Arnold Mordkin declined comment Friday.