A woman accused of killing her ex-lover's wife in Greeley will not face the death penalty.
The Larimer County district attorney's office announced that decision in the case of 35-year-old Shawna Nelson Tuesday.
Nelson is charged with first-degree murder in the January 23 killing of 37-year-old Heather Garraus, outside the credit union where Garraus worked.
Larimer DA's spokeswoman Linda Jensen declined comment on the decision not to seek the death penalty. Larimer prosecutors are handling the case to prevent a conflict of interest with Weld County authorities, since the spouses of both women worked in law enforcement there.
Nelson has said she gave birth to a boy as a result of an affair with Greeley police officer Ignacio Garraus. Nelson was married to Weld County sheriff's investigator Ken Nelson at the time.
Both Ignacio Garraus and Ken Nelson have resigned their jobs and moved out of the area.
Shawna Nelson is being held without bond.
A date for her trial is expected to be set next week.
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