Attorneys made their opening statements Thursday morning to a jury of 16 people — nine men and seven women — who will hear testimony over the next three weeks to determine if Adam Densmore is guilty of killing and dismembering his ex-girlfriend, Boulder’s Ashley Mead.
Densmore, 33, is charged with first-degree murder, tampering with a corpse, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.
Boulder Deputy District Attorney Lys Runnerstrom began opening arguments by putting up a photo of a purple suitcase, the one found in an Oklahoma dumpster that contained Mead’s torso.
“Inside this suitcase is horror,” Runnerstrom said. “Inside this suitcase is the dismembered, disemboweled, headless corpse of 25-year-old Ashley Mead. The man who did this to her is the defendant, Adam Densmore. He murdered and dismembered her because he felt she was mean to him. He murdered and dismembered her because he was fixated on an idea that she was going to leave the state with their child.”
Densmore and Mead, 25, were the parents of a 1-year-old girl, Winter Daisy Mead. But Runnerstrom said that while Densmore and Mead were still living together and co-parenting, they had broken up.
But Densmore’s attorney Jennifer Chenu in her half of openings kept repeating three questions that she urged jurors to keep in mind.
“Where? When? How?” Chenu said. “These questions will remain unanswered at the end of this trial. When you can’t answer one of these questions, that is reasonable doubt. When you have reasonable doubt you must find Mr. Densmore not guilty.”
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