ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. -- Greta Lindecrantz is in it for the long haul.
It has been nearly two weeks since the 67-year-old Mennonite was thrown in jail for refusing to testify in a death penalty appeals case because of her religion.
Lindecrantz, said she was "disappointed" over the ' decision by the Court of Appeals to hold her in jail until she testifies.
“I feel like I”m being punished for my beliefs that aren’t going to change because they are my beliefs," she said.
Lindecrantz believes the death penalty is wrong.
"The prosecutors' goal is to kill another human being and in my belief system we don’t believe killing another person is a solution to anything," she said.
But Lindecrantz said she would testify for a judge, which she considers a neutral party.
However, 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler said prosecutors ask questions, not judges.
“And to now get to the point where she’s like I’ll answer questions and they may even be the same questions but it can’t be the prosecutor that calls me, I’m sorry that’s not how the system works," he said.
Brauchler said the case is not about freedom of religion but instead one that’s trying to serve justice on a death row inmate.
“I don’t think we’re going to hold hostage the criminal justice system for any reason," he said. "So, it’s not a question of faith whether she’s a Mennonite, a Pentecostal, Episcopal a Muslim, a Jew, doesn’t matter.”
For now, Lindecrantz remains in jail, not knowing how long she’ll remain behind bars.AlertMe