Denver - A district judge has barred the office of Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers from prosecuting the death penalty case against Alejandro Perez.
The order by Lincoln County District Judge Stanley Brinkley also disqualified the capital crimes unit of the attorney general's office from the case.
Brinkley took the action because of conflicts of interest on the part of prosecutors who previously represented Perez or witnesses in other cases before the current murder case was filed.
In his order, signed today, the judge said the two offices violated professional ethical rules. He also cited Chambers for violating state funding laws in billing the Department of Corrections for staff salaries for work in the case.Rocky Mountain News