mulberry daria wallet Murder for hire trial starts here
A murder for hire trial expected to last about two weeks got under way in Morgan County District Court on Wednesday.
Jury selection began Monday and lasted into Tuesday in the trial of Ronald D. Graff of Larkspur.
Graff is accused of trying to hire a hit man who turned out to be a Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent to kill former business partner Eric Dendorfer.
The two were involved in an investment plan that turned sour; neither realized any return on the investment, and that as well as an allegation that Dendorfer either masterminded or participated in an alleged sexual assault on Graff wife resulted in the end of the two men relationship and bad feelings between the two.
Dendorfer testified Wednesday that he was never arrested or charged in the alleged rape and that at the time it supposedly occurred, in June 2008, he was on vacation with his wife in Hawaii.
The prosecution claimed that Graff tried to hire longtime friend Ron Walters, an ex convict living in the Sterling area, to kill Dendorfer in 2008.
Dendorfer went to his parole officer, they went to the Sterling Police Department, and Sterling police called in the CBI, prosecutor Jamie Tholson said.
CBI gave Walters a number for Graff to call, and Graff called the number and met CBI agent Pat Crouch at a motel in Fort Morgan.
Lyons also said Walters had at least four felony convictions: is a man who a career criminal. He
a con man.
The defense attorney also said Walters was bitter that Graff life had turned out well and his own had not. He was also upset at seeing some of his mother antique paintings and antique guns hanging on walls in Graff home when he visited there.
someone dead is not a crime, Lyons said. about wanting someone dead is not a crime.
Lyons said there was never any plan made to kill Dendorfer and no money ever changed hands.
He also said that when Crouch tried to get Graff to make plans to pay him to kill Dendorfer, he said, out, and left the motel.
Graff and Dendorfer became friends in the 1980s when Graff, who bought, repaired and sold cars, dealt on numerous occasions with Dendorfer auto salvage business.
The two and others invested in a plan backing a man trying to recover money for the Philippine government that former president Ferdinand Marcos took from the country and placed in offshore accounts. They and others were never paid returns on those investments.
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