Media and CFOIC make bid to unseal Sir Mario Owens death penalty case

From The Denver Post: The Colorado Supreme Court on Thursday lifted a stay in the Sir Mario Owens death penalty case, which could clear the way to unseal files, including courtroom transcripts, that have been under wraps for more than six years.

On Friday, attorney Steve Zansberg, who represents a consortium of media organizations, including The Denver Post, will file a motion in Arapahoe County District Court asking that the case be unsealed.

“The idea that transcripts of proceedings held in open court should not be available for public inspection is nonsensical,” Zansberg said. “There is no support for it in the law.”

Owens was sentenced to death in 2008 for the killing of Vivian Wolfe and Javad Marshall-Fields. Marshall-Fields was set to testify against Owens’ friend, Robert Ray, in another murder case when Marshall-Fields and Wolfe were ambushed and gunned down on an Aurora street in June 2005, on the eve of that trial.

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