Fatal carbon monoxide case advances in Colorado

June 13, 2011 - 5:44 PM

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A district judge in Colorado has decided there is probable cause for felony negligent-homicide charges against a subcontractor and former building inspector in connection with the carbon-monoxide poisoning deaths of a Denver family at an Aspen-area vacation house in 2008.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin confirmed the ruling Monday. It will allow a pretrial hearing to proceed Nov. 28 against 57-year-old Marlin Brown and 69-year-old Erik Peltonen.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

Brown's attorney, Colleen Scissors, said the judge had to review evidence most favorable to the prosecution.

An attorney for Peltonen did not return a call seeking comment.

Caroline and Parker Lofgren and their two children, 10-year-old Owen and 8-year-old Sophie, died while staying at the vacation house over Thanksgiving weekend. They won the visit in a fundraiser.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/