Big Jury Selection Day in Small Colorado County for Notable Trial
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Big Jury Selection Day in Small Colorado County for Notable Trial

Today in Clear Creek County, a significant event is unfolding at the courthouse: jury selection for a highly publicized trial. This trial involves a former sheriff’s deputy accused of fatally shooting a Boulder man back in June 2022.

The county sent out a record number of jury summonses, a whopping 1,500, at the start of March. That means about one out of every six eligible Clear Creek County residents received a summons in their mailbox.

The trial revolves around the actions of Andy Buen, a former Clear Creek County Sheriff’s deputy, who stands accused of shooting and killing Christian Glass, a 22-year-old who was experiencing a mental health crisis when his car became stranded on a mountain road. Glass had called 911 seeking assistance.

Buen faces charges of second-degree murder, official misconduct, and reckless endangerment for the events that occurred on the night of June 10-11, 2022, leading to Glass’ death. He pleaded not guilty in November.

Buen’s supervisor, Kyle Gould, accepted a plea deal in November for failing to intervene during the confrontation and agreed to surrender his law enforcement certification. Though Gould ordered the breach of Glass’ car window, he was not present when the fatal shooting occurred. He had been monitoring the situation remotely from his home. Body camera footage revealed that Buen tased Glass before firing five shots, resulting in his death, according to the indictment.

In a separate legal matter, Glass’ parents, Simon and Sally Glass, reached a settlement with the department and Clear Creek County for $19 million, marking the largest settlement of its kind in Colorado’s history.

While opening statements in the trial are not anticipated until later in the week, the process of selecting a jury will occupy several days.

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