Thursday, April 22, 2010

Affidavit: Woman in Boulder weapons trial tried to bribe juror

Darine Chely, who didn't show up for closing arguments Thursday morning, allegedly offered $5k for not guilty verdict

By John Aguilar, Daily Camera Staff Writer - 04/22/2010

A Boulder woman on trial this week for allegedly firing a bullet from her home into her next-door neighbor's house offered a juror $5,000 to find her not guilty of a weapons charge, according to an arrest affidavit released Thursday.

Darine Chely, who has been on trial in Boulder District Court for the last two days on a felony charge of being in possession of a weapon by a previous offender, placed a note underneath a notebook belonging to an alternate juror during a recess Wednesday, the affidavit states.

"Eric, please don't find me guilty. I will pay $5,000. I am very frightened. Please don't give this to anyone," Chely allegedly wrote.

The juror, identified in the arrest affidavit as Eric Acord, brought the note to the attention of Boulder District Judge James Klein and was dismissed from the panel.

Chely, who was free on $10,000 bond, failed to appear for closing arguments Thursday morning. She remained at large as of presstime.

She now faces three new felony charges -- bribery, bribing a juror and jury tampering. A new bond of $75,000 was set once she is arrested.

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Woman in Boulder weapons trial tried to bribe juror

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