Questions raised over law enforcement agency investigating itself related to Fallis murder case

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WELD COUNTY, Colo. -- Weld County Sheriff's  deputy Chris Graves is now suspended. He joins Detective Michael Yates under the umbrella of suspicion over whether either of the two deputies assisted a colleague, Tom Fallis, in covering up the alleged murder of Tom's wife, Ashley.

Sources identify Graves as the deputy who didn’t report that he heard Fallis’ alleged 2012 confession until last month.

Evans Police handled the Yates investigation differently.

“I’m asking for a third-party, independent investigation into the matter,” Brandt said about Yates’ back in 2014.

Weld County Sheriff Steven Reams chose a different course. He’s handling his own investigation.

“This isn’t a criminal investigation,” Reams said. “It’s an internal investigation to see if policies were followed.”

Ashley Fallis’ family attorney Dan Recht sees things differently.

“If a deputy heard a confession and failed to report it, he can be charged with accessory to the underlying crime,” Recht said.

Here, the crime is the alleged murder of Ashley Fallis.

Colorado conspiracy law, Statute 18-8-105 (1)(2)(e), defined

“A PERSON IS AN ACCESSORY TO A CRIME IF WITH THE INTENT TO HINDER () OR DELAY () THEY CONCEAL () TESTIMONIAL EVIDENCE.”

The Weld County District Attorney never received FOX31 Denver's request for a comment.

Another request was sent Wednesday afternoon.

The family says it will continue to pursue answers but remain focused on the Fallis criminal case.

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