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STEAMBOAT SPRINGSThe Alpine Enrichment Program presents “Tax Truth and Freedom Technology” with Greg DeSantis at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Bryan King Room, 300 Bogue Hall, at Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus. Economist DeSantis will take participants on an in-depth study of the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Reserve Banking System in order to explain financial freedom through tax reduction, asset protection and private banking. The forum is part of the fall seminar series of the Alpine Enrichment Program and is free and open to the public. Call Janie Swartz at 870-4432 for more information.


FORT COLLINSAutopsy photos of Lori Bases were so gruesome they may have impacted a juror who will decide the fate of Thomas Lee Johnson.

At the end of testimony Friday evening, a juror among the 15-member panel submitted a note to Justice Joseph P. Quinn, who is presiding over the murder trial at the Larimer County Justice Center in Fort Collins.

Through the note, the juror expressed concern that “juror No. 9” may have made up her mind regarding the guilt of Johnson based on 16 autopsy photos the prosecution showed to the jury Friday morning.

According to the note, the juror notified Quinn the juror made statements about the case and may not listen to the rest of the trial.

Because of the information, Quinn brought the 12-member jury back into the courtroom to give the eight women and four men further instruction.

“You must keep an open and uncommitted mind,” Quinn stressed to the jurors. “You must render a verdict determined on all the evidence.”

Quinn said to the jurors that if any one of them can’t continue, to notify him Monday when the trial resumes at 9 a.m.

“It is a heavy responsibility you have,” Quinn said. “I want each one of you to search your mind over the weekend.”

If a juror is dismissed, the person would be replaced by one of three alternates listening to the testimony.

Johnson’s attorney, Norm Townsend, was not satisfied with the extra warning Quinn gave to the jurors.

“The judge should call her out and ask her questions,” Townsend said.

Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney Paul McLimans said he was satisfied with the warning Quinn gave the jury.

The autopsy photos Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James entered into evidence Friday morning showed the stab and slash wounds Johnson inflicted on the 31-year-old Bases on the evening of May 11, 2000.

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