New charge, new harassment, accused bank robber says

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DENVER — Steven Talley is back inside the Denver Jail after turning himself in Tuesday morning for a charge of trying to influence a public servant.

“I suspect it’s retaliation for the things that have been occurring to me for the last 17 months,” Talley said.

The 45-year old said the latest charge is a bogus count, that law enforcement is using it to harass him after FOX31 Denver aired an investigation last week that showcased problems with a bank robbery case filed against Talley.

Talley’s legal troubles began in September 2014 after he was arrested for a pair of bank robberies.

Denver detectives arrested Talley based on surveillance video that appeared to show the same suspect robbing two banks, four months apart.

The Denver District Attorney’s Office dismissed both robbery cases after Talley was able to produce an air-tight alibi for the first bank robbery. But in December 2015, prosecutors recharged Talley for the second bank robbery.

Investigators insist FBI facial recognition technology identified Talley as the suspect in the second robbery.

Problems surfaced for prosecutors at Talley’s preliminary hearing last month, when the bank teller testified Talley wasn’t the man who held her up. Plus, Talley’s defense attorney pointed out Talley has a mole on his cheek not seen on the suspect in the surveillance video.

That’s when a Denver judge ordered Talley released from custody without having to post bond, saying it was unlikely prosecutors would be able to convict him.

Two weeks later, Talley showed up at his arraignment expecting the remaining robbery case to be dismissed. Instead, prosecutors said they needed more time to investigate.

That same day, police issued a new warrant for Talley’s arrest, accusing him attempting to influence a public servant.

The charge stems from an incident in November 2014, when Talley’s former landlord accused Talley of threatening him. Talley provided the city attorney’s office a document from a plasma center to show he was at the plasma center at the time the landlord said the threat occurred.

But police say the document Talley submitted was altered, making Talley’s alibi a lie.

While Talley was at the plasma center on the day in question, police say the document was changed to reflect Talley was there at a later time later in the day.

Talley denied forging the document.

“They’re doing everything they possibly can to basically character assassinate me,” he said.

Talley’s defense attorney Ben Hartford said the timing of the new charge is suspicious. Police didn’t seek the warrant until three days after the preliminary hearing for the robbery case went poorly for prosecutors.

“The story breaks then we have our day in court and then a new charge. As I said, the timing is curious at best,” Hartford said.

FOX31 Denver asked police why it took so long to make a forgery case out of the plasma center document, but they have yet to respond.

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