- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A former police officer who shot and killed an elk while on duty is going on trial in Boulder.

Jury selection began Tuesday for the trial of Sam Carter. The 37-year-old says he shot the animal because it was injured but investigators say there was no sign that it was hurt before it was killed.

Another police officer who helped Carter, Brent Curnow, pleaded guilty to one felony and four misdemeanor charges and was sentenced in September to one year of probation and two months of house arrest.

The Daily Camera (https://bit.ly/1mzcFF6 ) reports that Carter and Curnow exchanged text messages about the killing the elk almost 20 hours before it was killed on New Year’s Day 2013.

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Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/

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