Feldmann investigation continues

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— It has been seven months since a special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate an expense fund of former 14th Judicial Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann, and the case is expected to continue into next year.

Since May, 5th Judicial District Attorney Michael Goodbee's office has been investigating Feldmann's use of an expense fund he used as a prosecutor in Steamboat Springs.

Rob Wheeler, who will decide whether to file criminal charges against Feldmann, will not make a decision until he meets with Feldmann's attorneys a second time. Last month, Wheeler and his investigator met with Feldmann's lawyers, Michael O'Hara and Kristopher Hammond.

"I want to make a decision soon, but I want to be thorough," Wheeler said.

Wheeler said the first meeting between the two parties was productive.

"It was good to listen to their side of the case," Wheeler said.

Because a decision regarding charges has not been made, Wheeler said he could not provide any details or discuss the nature of the case.

Feldmann is not commenting on the matter, but his attorneys are hopeful the issue will be resolved soon.

"It is tough not knowing what is going to happen," Hammond said. "We don't want anyone to jump the gun and make a hasty decision."

Hammond expects a meeting with Wheeler will be scheduled after the holidays.

Goodbee, who is the district attorney for Eagle and Summit counties, was appointed to handle the investigation by Routt County Judge James Garrecht.

Fourteenth Judicial District Attorney Paul McLimans urged Garrecht to appoint Goodbee's office after Feldmann resigned in May.

According to court documents, Wheeler is examining Feldmann's expense fund between October 2000 and the time of his resignation.

Feldmann worked for McLimans for about five years, but Feldmann abruptly resigned May 14.

The expense fund was a point of contention for Feldmann and McLimans in the days leading up to the resignation.

McLimans met with Feldmann for days before the resignation to discuss the expense fund.

When Feldmann resigned, McLimans requested an independent investigation be conducted of his expense fund.

The investigation has been delayed because of the amount of murder cases Goodbee's office has handled this year.

Before being able to fully concentrate on Feldmann's case, Wheeler handled two murder cases, he said.

McLimans has replaced Feldmann in the Steamboat Springs office with David Moffat. Feldmann is working for a Steamboat Springs law firm, Klauzer and Tremaine.

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