Boulder DA upgrades murder charge as detectives cite audio evidence of strangulation

Boulder DA upgrades murder charge as detectives cite audio evidence of strangulation

Prosecutors have decided to charge Scott Jones with first-degree murder after investigators say they uncovered audio evidence that he strangled his wife, Deborah De Pinto, in north Boulder earlier this week.

Jones, 47, originally was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, and was scheduled to be charged today in county court. But Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty instead announced he will upgrade the charge to first-degree murder.

“After a review of the evidence in the case, the district attorney filed a motion to direct-file a charge of murder in the first degree in the Boulder District Court,” prosecutors said in a news release.

Jones remains in custody at the Boulder County Jail and will have a hearing set at a later date to be advised of the new charge.

First-degree murder is a Class 1 felony that carries either a mandatory life-sentence in prison without parole or a sentence to death should Dougherty choose to pursue it.

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