EVANS, Colo. — The family of Ashley Fallis has filed a federal lawsuit against police in Evans, alleging misconduct in the investigation of their daughter’s 2012 death.
Fallis was married to a Weld County corrections officer when she was fatally shot. Her husband, Tom Fallis, alleged suicide and the Evans Police Department closed the case almost immediately.
Last year, after a FOX31 Denver investigation uncovered new evidence, the case was reopened and Tom Fallis was charged with his wife’s murder.
This week, the coroner in the case retracted the ruling of suicide on the victim’s death certificate, saying “homicide is a now a consideration,” the family alleges.
Multiple investigations and witness accounts found “material omissions” in reports filed by Det. Michael Yates, but Weld County prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against the detective after reviewing the matter in 2014.
“The family is relieved to have finally achieved a measure of justice by having their daughter’s death investigated, which has now resulted in Mr. Fallis being criminally charged,” the family’s lawyer said in a statement. “However, they feel obligated to seek accountability from officials at the Evans Police Department to prevent law enforcement from administering a dual system of justice when one of their own is alleged to have engaged in serious wrongdoing.”