A FLASH FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for all of southern Colorado throughout our evening and overnight on Tuesday. Storms will continue to be an issue, capable of producing heavy rain with very slow movement. Storms look to mainly favor north and east of areas like Colorado Springs and the Waldo Canyon area, but storms cannot be ruled out still in this area. The 11 Breaking Weather team will be monitoring conditions closely. This Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through 6pm Wednesday, where another day of thunderstorms is possible. Head to the KKTV 11 Weather Tab for more information on the forecast for Wednesday and beyond.
A man sentenced to death for one of Southern Colorado’s most gruesome crimes, now wants his sentence reduced to life behind bars.
George Woldt is basing his request on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that only juries can impose the death penalty. A 3-judge panel sentenced Woldt to death for the 1997 murder of Jacine Gielinski.
Under a 1995 state law, 3-judge panels determine whether the death penalty is appropriate. This comes after jurors decide whether aggravating factors exist.
Next week in a special legislative session, state lawmakers will debate the fate of Woldt and two other Colorado inmates who are awaiting execution. Governor Bill Owens and State Attorney General Ken Salazar say they’ll recommend Colorado revert to its old death penalty process.
Owens and Salazar say a 3-judge panel is constitutional, but favor the old system for its simplicity and certainty.