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xx Jennifer & Abby Blagg - CO
« Thread started on: Oct 9th, 2004, 9:51pm »

Jennifer Blagg and her 6-year-old daughter, Abby, suddenly disappear in November 2001, and their close-knit community of Grand Junction, Colo., doesn't know what to think.

Michael Blagg, husband and father, comes home from work to find a bloody bed and an empty jewelry box -- but no sign of Jennifer and Abby.

And, although the Blaggs' marriage seems to be perfect, authorities find out otherwise. Many suspicions and allegations surround Blagg, but only a few facts point to his possible involvement in their disappearance and/or murder.

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xx Mother's Body Identified - Search Continues ...
« Reply #1 on: Oct 9th, 2004, 9:53pm »

GRAND JUNCTION - A body found in a landfill Wednesday was identified as 34-year-old Jennifer Blagg, who was reported missing Nov. 13. Jennifer's 6-year-old daughter, Abby, is still missing.

Jennifer Blagg died of a gunshot wound and her death was a homicide, Mesa County Sheriff Riecke Claussen said.

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xx Networks will air primetime stories on Blagg, Dods
« Reply #2 on: Oct 10th, 2004, 10:44am »

Two murder mysteries on the Western Slope come to prime time this month.

The 2001 slaying of Jennifer Blagg and the 1995 shooting death of John Bruce Dodson intrigued television producers so much that segments on both cases are scheduled to air in a few days.

CBS’s weekly newsmagazine, “48 Hours,” premieres “Dark Side of the Mesa” at 9 p.m. Saturday.

The hour-long segment follows the disappearance of Jennifer Blagg and her 6-year-old daughter Abby in November 2001 to the discovery of Jennifer Blagg’s body in a Mesa County landfill seven months later.

“There was just this really interesting story to tell,” CBS spokesperson Marcy Erhard said. The suspicions and allegations that surrounded reports of the missing mother and children first piqued producers’ interest, Erhard said.

The segment includes footage from the six-week trial of Michael Blagg, who was convicted of first-degree murder.

“Muddy Waters,” a look at the slaying of John Bruce Dodson and the arrest and conviction of his new wife, Janice Hall, airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday on CourtTV.

Dodson was shot to death Oct. 15, 1995, while hunting with his wife of three months on the Uncompahgre Plateau.

Producers of CourtTV’s true-crime series “Forensic Files” spent a week on the Western Slope in June to tape interviews with local authorities and film the murder scene in order to recreate the shooting. Producers interviewed Mesa County District Attorney Frank Daniels and investigators Bill Booth and Dave Martinez; Wayne Bryant, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent who conducted ballistics tests; Tom Canfield, the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy on Dodson; and Doug Kyle, a nearby camper who heard Hall’s screams for help and found Dodson’s body.

Authorities initially thought a hunter mistook Dodson for an elk and shot him.

The mud, bullets and trace evidence, forensic elements of the case that caught producers’ attention, eventually proved otherwise.

Hall, who stood to gain almost $500,000 in life-insurance benefits, cash and property from Dodson’s death, was arrested at her Texas home in 1998. She was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2000.

ABC’s weekly newsmagazine, “Primetime,” aired a segment on the murder in January.

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xx For Jennifer & Abby on Nov. 12, 2004
« Reply #3 on: Nov 13th, 2004, 04:26am »

It was three years ago today that Jennifer and Abby Blagg vanished from their home in Colordo. Later on, the mother's body would be found in a trash dump, but the child would continue to be missing. The father/husband was charged and convicted of their disappearance and murder, but to date, Abby Blagg's remains have yet to be found. This is for Jennifer and Abby. May they finally find the childs remains so they can both be put to rest in a humane way.

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xx Top local stories of 2004 #1: Michael Blagg guilty
« Reply #4 on: Jan 2nd, 2005, 11:44am »

At first glance, Michael Blagg appeared to be everything a man could hope to be.

He grew up in a well-to-do family, graduated college with a degree in nuclear engineering, served in the Persian Gulf War. He married a pretty, petite woman from Oklahoma who persuaded him to abandon the college party scene in favor of a more fulfilling life.

When they moved to Grand Junction, they founded a Christian prayer ministry, and he took a six-figure job that afforded them an upscale home in a quiet neighborhood. It was the perfect place to raise their blonde-haired, blue-eyed daughter, a little chatterbox who sang through the gap in her front teeth and shook hands with everyone she met.

He was revered by the Navy and praised by friends. One co-worker remembered him giving Christmas gifts to everyone who attended a staff meeting in the weeks leading up to the holiday. A friend described him as “an immaculate representation of what a husband should be.”

Blagg seemed too good to be true. In a way, he was.

In the end, the only people whose opinion really mattered saw a much different person than his family, his friends and his church. They saw not a loving, devoted husband and father, but a cocky, controlling one who killed his wife while she was asleep, then pretended to the world that he was the victim.

In April, a jury of 12 men and women found the 41-year-old businessman guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Jennifer Blagg in perhaps the highest profile crime ever in western Colorado. Blagg’s conviction and sentence to life in prison was voted by The Daily Sentinel news staff as the No. 1 news story of 2004.

The case distinguished itself in so many ways, beginning with a family that, on its face, seemed the least likely target for crime. The Blaggs were a quiet, secluded, church-going family who lived in an upper-middle class neighborhood on the Redlands. Michael was a decorated Persian Gulf War veteran who made $110,000 a year as the operations manager for a company that manufactures heavy equipment gauges. He made enough money to allow Jennifer, a stay-at-home mom, to volunteer at Bookcliff Christian School, where Abby was a first-grader.

Blagg told police he came home one afternoon in November 2001 to find his wife and daughter missing and a pool of blood in the master bedroom. After reporting them missing, he mounted a public campaign for information about his missing family. He gave several interviews to the media — including People magazine and ABC’s “Good Morning America” — and made ribbons bearing Jennifer’s and Abby’s name and the word “HOPE.”

Up to the point Jennifer and Abby vanished, the Blaggs’ lives had seemed idyllic — until investigators began digging. The couple had numerous medical problems; Blagg was being seen by a doctor for anxiety. A friend of Jennifer’s told police Jennifer had asked her to pray for Jennifer and indicated she was planning to bring Abby — but not Blagg — for a visit. Some described Blagg as a controlling man who wanted to know what his wife was doing or where she was going and sometimes wouldn’t allow people to see her at home or talk to her on the phone.

Attorneys painted pictures of Blagg as different as day and night during his seven-week trial. His public defenders said he was a model family man railroaded by a flawed investigation and a community that had already made up its mind about his guilt. The prosecution said Blagg did a good job of portraying himself as someone he was not, a side few outside law enforcement saw.

“To my face, he was respectful and humble to a fault,” Mesa County Sheriff’s Department investigator Steve King said after the trial. “But you talk to other people, he was a good actor.”

Police found thousands of pornographic images on Blagg’s computer and a note Jennifer had written days before her murder indicating the couple had fought. Prosecutors put the two together and argued to the jury that Jennifer was preparing to leave her husband.

The jury deliberated for approximately 10 hours before convicting Blagg. As he did throughout the case, Blagg maintained his innocence in his final words to the judge, who sentenced him to life in prison without parole.

Following the verdict, District Attorney Frank Daniels called Blagg a “narcissistic pig.” Jurors didn’t differ much in their opinion.

“We never said ‘pig,’” juror Melisa Lopez responded when asked about Daniels’ assessment. “But we all said ‘narcissistic.’”

Jennifer’s remains were given to her family. Abby’s picture still appears on Web sites for missing children. No charges have been filed in her disappearance.

Blagg was sent to the Limon Correctional Facility but has since been transferred to another state prison because he was assaulted by other inmates several times. He has appealed his conviction.
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xx For Jennifer Blagg on Jan. 8, 2005
« Reply #5 on: Jan 7th, 2005, 11:09pm »

Today would've been Jennifer Blagg's 37th birthday. Jennifer and her daughter Abby vanished in 2001. Jennifer's body would later be found in a garbage dumpster and her child would remain missing. The husband was charged and convicted of Jennifer's murder this past year. I wanted to say that I am thinking of Jennifer today. I know that she is loved and missed by many.

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« Reply #6 on: Mar 21st, 2005, 05:21am »

Thinking of Abby Blagg today on her birthday. Hoping that answers can be found soon for her whereabouts. I know that she is loved and missed by many.

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xx Blagg attorneys want new murder trial
« Reply #7 on: May 3rd, 2005, 07:00am »

By Ellen Miller, Special To The News
April 28, 2005



GRAND JUNCTION - Michael Blagg, convicted last year of murdering his wife, should get a new trial because one of his jurors was legally blind and his lawyers didn't know it, Blagg's public defenders said in a motion filed Wednesday.

The juror "concealed material and relevant facts" during jury selection by failing to inform the court or any of the attorneys of her disability, the motion states.
Because the court was not informed, public defenders Dave Eisner and Ken Singer wrote, no one had a chance to inquire "of the extent of the disability and discussions could have been held concerning whether, given the magnitude of the visual evidence in this case, reasonable accommodations could have been made."

The juror, Marilyn Charlesworth, reacted angrily, saying she was lining up her own attorneys to fight the defense motion.

"Under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), I'm not required to disclose it until I was picked, and I did. I did disclose it to the bailiff. She asked what I needed, and that's why I switched places" with another juror, Charlesworth said. "I assumed she told the judge."

What's more, she said, evidence in the case was "presented right in front of me. I held a picture right up to my nose, and they're saying they didn't know?"

Charlesworth said she could see everything she needed to see: She could see Blagg in the courtroom, approximately 20 feet from the jury box, but not the people seated behind him.

Charlesworth said she is a member of the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition and last year won a $56,000 settlement from Mesa State College for its failure to accommodate her disability in her work on the college staff.

"I paid off my debts and quit," she said.

Eisner and Singer wrote that a fundamental part of jury selection is "that each juror is able to perceive all of the evidence and testimony."

Other case law cited by the defense lawyers states that determinations of whether a blind juror should be disqualified must be made in each case, taking into account "reasonable accommodations which can be made."

In other cases, the defense motion states, judges have read documents for jurors, limited the number of documents introduced, described photographs to the juror and limited physical evidence introduced.

"In this case the defense was not given an opportunity to make sure that the legally blind juror was able to either see or understand what was portrayed in the hundreds of photographs or hours of videotapes that were introduced into evidence and shown to the jury," defense attorneys wrote.

Much of the evidence in the six-week trial was visual, with hours of videotapes and extensive use of power point presentations.

Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said he has not seen the motion, but "I will fight it vigorously. I can't see how a visual problem would lead to a new trial."

Hautzinger was chief deputy district attorney at the time of Blagg's trial. He was not one of the two prosecutors who handled the case.

Former Mesa County District Attorney Frank Daniels, who prosecuted the case, and Brian Flynn, a former deputy district attorney who assisted Daniels in the case and now serves as a Mesa County district judge, could not be reached for comment.

Blagg, now 42, was convicted April 16, 2004, of murdering his wife Jennifer, whose body was found in the Mesa County landfill. The couple's 6-year-old daughter, Abby, was never found. Blagg was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 3rd, 2005, 11:05pm »

Thinking of Jennifer Blagg on this date of her death. May she rest in eternal peace. She is gone now but she's never been forgotten.

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« Reply #9 on: Nov 13th, 2005, 7:50pm »

Thinking of Abby today. Hoping this child can be found soon. This is not right what has happened.

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