Alan Prendergast - Westword ---Defense attorneys have accused her of running a death machine, but the wheels came off Carol Chambers's rattling apparatus this week. On Monday a judge ruled that Chambers, the district attorney for Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties, and her entire office should be removed from one of six death-penalty cases she's pursuing because of several prosecutorial blunders in the matter.
On the same day, in the tiny eastern plains town of Hugo, jurors resumed deliberations in the murder trial of David Bueno, a state inmate accused of killing another prisoner at the Limon Correctional Facility in 2004. If convicted, Bueno faces possible execution. But regardless of the jury's decision, the ultimate outcome of that case and two others has been thrown into confusion by a decision made in another courtroom regarding Bueno's co-defendant, Alejandro Perez, who has yet to go to trial.