Bloomington, IN (KDVR) — Former Colorado sheriff’s deputy Tom Fallis was arrested on Tuesday on a charge that he allegedly murdered his wife on New Year’s Day 2012.
Ashley Fallis, 28, died of a gunshot wound in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. The Evans Police Department ruled her death a suicide within days. After her death, Tom Fallis moved, along with the couple’s three children, to Indiana.
However, family members suspected Ashley Fallis’ death was not an accident. They believed she was murdered.
In April of this year, after an extensive two-year investigation, FOX31 Denver reporter Justin Joseph presented new evidence to Evans Police Chief Rick Brandt, prompting him to reopen the death investigation and turn it over to an independent police agency.
The newly uncovered evidence included an eyewitness account by neighbor Nick Glover, who claimed he heard Tom Fallis, a former county corrections deputy, confess to his wife’s murder outside Glover’s window.
Glover said he shared Fallis’ confession with Evans Police Officer Michael Yates, but Yates’ reports omitted them. Yates was cleared of criminal wrongdoing this summer, but he is now the subject of an internal investigation.
To ensure impartiality, the Fort Collins Police Department has been investigating the case.
Sources told FOX31 Denver that last week a Weld County grand jury convened, hearing dozens of witness accounts including Nick Glover’s.
Monday, the grand jury indicted Fallis for second-degree murder.
After dropping his three children off at school Tuesday morning, police went to Fallis’ home and arrested him.
Ashley Fallis’ parents, Jenna Fox and Joel Raguindin, have grandparents rights over the Fallis children. The grandparents left for Indiana on Monday night and are expected to take custody of the children while Tom Fallis awaits trial.