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DA: Man threatened to kill wife in phone call at DA’s office

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DENVER — Prosecutors were listening when Michael McGinley called his wife and allegedly threatened to kill her.

The 54-year-old Denver man had been harassing his wife of 30 years with threatening telephone calls, according to his arrest affidavit.

She placed a restraining order against McGinley, but the threats continued against her and her family members, the affidavit said.

The woman was at the Denver District Attorney’s Office meeting with a prosecutor, an investigator and a victim’s advocate on July 21 when McGinley called again.

Senior investigator Thom Dettloff told the woman to answer and, using the speaker function on her phone, he recorded the conversation.

“In the call the defendant told the victim she was dead,” Dettloff said in the affidavit.

The woman hung up, but McGinley immediacy called back. In this call, which was also recorded, McGinley promised he would kill his wife if she didn’t leave the state, the affidavit said.

McGinley called his wife profane names and apparently knew she was at the Webb building in “Mr. f***ing Mitch Morrissey’s office,” as he put it, Dettloff said.

Even after being hung up on for a second time, McGinely called seven more times during the meeting. The barrage left the woman crying and traumatized.

The following day, Dettloff said he got an email from the woman saying McGinely kept calling her and texting her.

The woman has been trying to divorce McGinley for some time now.

Dettloff checked McGinley’s criminal history and found a long list of crimes against his wife dating back to 2007 that included assaults, threats, destruction of property and telephone harassment.

The victim had been moving almost constantly between friends and relatives to stay away from McGinley, court documents said.

The DA’s office filed charges of stalking and retaliation against a witness/victim and McGinley was arrested on July 24.

He’s currently being held in the Downtown Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

He’s scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 20.