Police make arrest in 1994 murder of Boulder city employee

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BOULDER, Colo. — Police arrested a suspect Thursday in the murder of a Boulder city employee that happened 17 years ago.

48-year-old Marty Grisham was shot and killed when he opened his apartment door on the night of Nov. 1, 1994. He was having dinner with his girlfriend at the time.

A gunman shot him four times before running from the scene.

Grisham was the data processing director for the city of Boulder at the time. He lived at 5600 Arapahoe.

Police arrested Michael Martin Clark, 36, in unincorporated Summit County Thursday on suspicion of First Degree Murder.

Clark was 19 at the time of the homicide. He was an acquaintance of Grisham’s daughter.

“Initially, he was a person of interest/suspect in the crime because he had admitted to stealing a book of checks from Grisham, which he used to forge nearly $4,500 from Grisham’s account.” says a Boulder Police statement.

“Grisham reported the theft and identified Clark as a suspect when he discovered the theft on Nov. 1, 1994. Grisham was killed later that night.”

Police arrested Clark for Forgery two days later. He pleaded guilty to the charge.

“He said he was able to access Grisham’s home because he’d been given a key by Grisham’s daughter so he could take care of Grisham’s cat,” police spokeswoman Kim Kobel says. “He denied any knowledge of or involvement in Grisham’s murder.”

“Cold cases like this one are often solved through good, old-fashioned detective work. Diligence, attention to detail and perseverance – that’s how detectives solved this crime,” says Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner.

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