Craig woman’s trial to begin |

Craig woman’s trial to begin

Brian Smith

Tausha Merwin

A Craig woman's four-day criminal trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. today in Moffat County District Court.

Tausha Merwin is charged with attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony.

She will appear before Judge Shelley Hill.

The day will begin with the court attempting to panel a jury and could include opening statements from the prosecution and defense.

According to court records, Merwin allegedly lied to Craig Police officials about her alleged relationship with Ken Johnson, a former Craig Police Department detective and member of the All Crimes Enforcement Team task force.

Merwin pleaded not guilty to the charge Feb. 17.

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Steamboat Springs attorney Ron Smith is representing Merwin.

Jon Pfeifer, a Moffat County deputy district attorney, will be handling the case for the prosecution. Rusty Prindle, a deputy district attorney for the DA's office in Steamboat Springs, will assist Pfeifer.

Johnson was sentenced June 8 to seven days in jail at the Rio Blanco County Detention Center after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. He also received 53 days of jail work release, 150 hours of community service and two years of probation.

Hill approved a motion July 8 from Smith to allow Johnson to testify in Merwin's trial. He is scheduled to take the stand Wednesday.

Merwin has past convictions for drug distribution and possession.

Johnson allegedly provided Merwin with information about ongoing law enforcement investigations and helped her violate probation during their relationship.

Merwin's trial is scheduled to continue through Thursday, with hearings beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day.

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