- [CO] Deputy Hargrove's wife Julia died of blunt force trauma - ...Julia Hargrove "died of bleeding on the brain brought on by a blunt-force injury." Her husband, 32-year-old Michael Hargrove, told investigators he and his wife had been arguing on the night of January 14th and went to bed in separate rooms...
- [CO] Deputy Hargrove WON'T be charged with killing his wife Julia- Michael Aaron Hargrove, 32, a Pueblo County sheriff's deputy whose wife died under mysterious circumstances, will not face criminal charges, the district attorney's office announced last week...
Sheriff's deputy placed on leave after being arrested for DUI
Michael Hargove's suspension comes just two months after he was returned to duty from a previous leave.
The Pueblo West View
By MIKE SPENCE
October 30, 2008
Pueblo County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Hargrove was placed on paid administrative leave following his arrest for driving under the influence on Oct. 25... Florence Police Officer Patrick Slattery after Sattery saw Hargrove driving erratically on U.S. 50. Slattery reported that Hargrove's vehicle swerved across the lane lines four times and nearly veered off the road... Hargrove refused a roadside sobriety test. Drivers have the option of a roadside test or a breathalyzer test... Hargrove wet himself and refused to take the breathalyzer test. At that time, his license was taken away from him and he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to stay within lane lines. This incident is the latest in a series of troubles for Hargrove, whose wife was found dead in their Pueblo West home on Jan. 15. Cause of death was blunt-force trauma. Hargrove was never charged of any crime in the death of his wife. Hargrove, who works in the Pueblo County Jail, was placed on paid administrative leave during that investigation. He was reinstated by the sheriff and allowed to return to work in August. [Full article here]
Deputy on leave after DUI arrest
Michael Aaron Hargrove was previously placed on leave while his wife's death was probed.
THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN
By PATRICK MALONE
October 28, 2008
A Pueblo County sheriff's deputy who was placed on leave while the mysterious death of his wife was investigated earlier this year was placed back on leave after his arrest early Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol... “The sheriff's deputy who made the traffic stop determined that Mr. Hargrove was driving under the influence of alcohol,” Thiebaut said. Sheriff Kirk Taylor confirmed Hargrove was booked at county jail on suspicion of DUI and DUI per se. He said Hargrove has been placed on paid leave. He referred questions about details of the arrest to court documents. Formal charges and the documents to support them have not yet been filed in court, so details of the arrest are vague. Thiebaut said his office received investigative reports on the incident Monday, and is reviewing them for possible filing of charges, including DUI. Thiebaut said Hargrove already has been cited for failure to drive in a single lane. He has been summonsed to appear in court Nov. 10 on that infraction. Hargrove's wife, Julia Hargrove, 30, died at their home on Jan. 15 from a brain injury caused by blunt-force trauma after coming home from a night of drinking. The couple had argued that night at a belated Christmas party at the Pueblo bar where she worked. Hargrove left the party, and his wife caught a ride home several hours later with a co-worker. During a multi-agency investigation of Mrs. Hargrove's death, her husband was placed on paid administrative leave from the sheriff's department for almost eight months... Medical evidence proved inconclusive as to how Mrs. Hargrove sustained her fatal injuries. Based on those findings, Thiebaut did not charge Hargrove in connection with his wife's death... “If a medical doctor is unable to state whether a death of a person results from a criminal act or natural causes, then there is reasonable doubt,” Thiebaut's report issued on the incident stated. Thiebaut said a charging decision on Hargrove's driving incident is expected soon. Hargrove was released from jail on a personal-recognizance bond. [Full article here]