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Woman on Probation in Fatal Boulder Shooting Case Wanted for Escape

February 9, 2019
Miriam Nayeh

A woman connected to a 2016 fatal shooting at a mobile home park in north Boulder and later sentenced to work release at the Boulder County Jail is wanted on an escape charge.

Online court records show Miriam L. Nayeh, 34, is wanted on one count of escape. The charge carries no bond.

The exact nature of the charge wasn’t clear on Saturday morning, but Nayeh was sentenced last month to two years of probation and a year of work release, where inmates are allowed out in the community during the day and spend night at the county jail.

She was originally charged with being an accessory to murder in the February 2016 fatal shooting of Andrew Duncan at the Ponderosa Mobile Home Park.

Nayeh pleaded guilty in November to one count of attempting to influence a public servant. Prosecutors dropped the accessory to murder charge.

A Boulder County Jury in August convicted Cody Nelson of first-degree murder. Nelson shot Duncan 11 times and argued unsuccessfully at trial that he did so because Duncan was assaulting Nayeh and he was protecting her and himself.

Prosecutors countered that Duncan was leaving the mobile home park when he was shot, and came to it in the first place because he was worried Nayeh had been doing heroin with Nelson.

Detectives said that the investigation into the shooting was hindered by an inability to collect evidence with which Nayeh allegedly tampered.

At the time of Nelson’s trial, a Boulder District judge ruled Nayeh incompetent to stand trial along side him. She was sent to the state psychiatric hospital in Pueblo. The judge split the cases.

This is a developing story and more information will be posted as it becomes available.

John Bear: 303-473-1355, bearj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/johnbearwithme

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