DENVER — Lawyers for a former Rocky Ford police officer convicted of killing a man while on duty in 2014 are seeking his acquittal or a new trial in the case.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/2bZdx7H ) James Ashby’s attorneys have filed a motion arguing that there was insufficient evidence to convict their client. They also allege there were court errors during the trial and instances of juror misconduct.

Ashby was found guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Jack Jacquez.

Prosecutors say he followed Jacquez into his home and shot him in the back. Ashby told investigators he thought Jacquez was a burglar, but a state investigation determined the officer had no reason to believe Jacquez was committing a crime.

A hearing on the motions is set for Sept. 23.


Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com