A former Lakewood police officer who was on criminal trial in Denver, for the alleged sexual assault of a woman while he was on duty, committed suicide early Tuesday morning.
Randall Shaun Butler, 39, was charged with two counts of sexual assault in Denver for an alleged November 2018 incident, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office. His trial began on June 1.
Prior to to closing arguments on Tuesday, the presiding judge notified the parties and the jury that Butler “had taken his life,” according to the DA’s office.
“We are sorry that this trial ended in this manner and our sympathies go out to the family and friends of Mr. Butler,” said District Attorney Beth McCann in a news release. “I am grateful that the victims in this case found the strength and courage to come forward and had an opportunity to tell their stories despite not having the finality of a jury verdict.”
The alleged victim in the Denver case told investigators she was walking home from a bar on West Seventh Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard when a police officer pulled up, turned on his siren and offered her a ride home.
The woman said she was sexually assaulted in the back of the patrol car in a parking lot on Sheridan between 25th and 26th avenues in Denver. She recalled Butler’s name tag, according to court documents.
Butler was a suspect in a similar case in Jefferson County.
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