Trial starts for Colorado woman accused of running prostitution scheme behind massage parlor front
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Shirley King’s trial began Monday in an El Paso County courtroom in a case where she’s charged with prostitution and pimping.
All of Monday’s court time was used for jury selection.
King’s defense lawyer told reporter Melissa Henry he expected opening arguments to happen late Monday afternoon. He later said around 4:45 Monday afternoon that jury selection ran longer than expected, and opening arguments are now likely to begin Tuesday.
King was arrested in fall 2021 after an undercover operation into her massage business located in Security-Widefield. She pleaded not guilty. The Colorado Springs Police Department had previously said its undercover work looking into the business lasted months. In that investigation, detectives reportedly found King brought multiple women to an adult entertainment party, where sexual acts were expected to be exchanged for money.
This case also led to a subsequent investigation into an El Paso County Sheriff’s Office detective. Arrest papers for King named a Detective White as having received sexual acts from King while working undercover. Then-Colorado Springs Police Chief, Vince Niski, said Detective White’s tactics “crossed the line.” The district attorney cleared White of any wrongdoing.
King’s trial is scheduled to last four days.
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