A Colorado state senator could be critical to convincing a second jury that Michael Blagg murdered his wife.
Sen. Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction) lived one street over from the Blagg house in 2001 and could see the front of the infamous Pine Terrace Court home from his backyard.
On Nov, 12, 2001 — the last night Jennifer and Abby Blagg were seen alive — Scott’s black Labrador retriever started barking around 10 p.m.
“Best way I could explain it was she did not like fireworks … ,” Scott said. “That’s the type of barking she was doing.”
Scott’s dog eventually calmed down, but she started barking again around 2 a.m.
“I do remember having to go back to the back fence and pull her by the collar and bring her back inside,” Scott said.
He looked over his fence, trying to see if his lab had spotted a skunk or a rabbit. That’s when Scott says he noticed the Blagg’s garage door was open and the porch light was on.
An open garage door at 2 a.m. would support the prosecution’s timeline.
The Mesa County prosecutors allege Michael Blagg shot his wife on the night of Nov. 12 or the early morning of Nov. 13, 2001, drove her to his work and threw her body in a dumpster. The defense alleges a child predator broke into the home through the back door after Michael Blagg left for work, killed his wife and kidnapped the couple’s 6-year-old daughter.
Defense attorney Scott Troxell pushed back forcefully against Scott’s version of events. At one point he asked Scott whether he was from the same political party as the prosecutors’ boss, saying “it goes to bias.”
Troxell also pressed Scott on why he didn’t mention the garage door being open when he testified during Michael Blagg’s first trial. Troxell read part of that 2004 testimony to the jury: “And you never saw anything. No. Except your dog barking? Correct.”
Scott didn’t back away from his statement that he looked over at the Blagg house that fateful night. He told the jury he was “was mistaken, apparently,” when he testified in 2004.
Michael Blagg is on trial for a second time because his first conviction was overturned after his defense team discovered one of the juror’s lied about being a victim of domestic violence.
The Grand Junction Republican wasn’t the only witness whose memory was questioned Thursday.
Troxell pressed Ametek-Dixon employee Phillip Raimer on whether he saw Michael Blagg hauling trash to the dumpster or cardboard to the bailer the day Jennifer and Abby Blagg disappeared.
The prosecution alleges that Michael Blagg spent Nov. 13, 2001 filling the dumpster at Ametek-Dixon. They allege he did this to fill it up fast because that’s where he dumped Jennifer Blagg’s body earlier that morning.
Raimer testified that he was having a smoke when Michael Blagg came outside with some trash. That was unusual, Raimer said, because Michael Blagg was in senior management.
“I asked him what he was doing and he said, ‘The tasks of management are many and varied,’” Raimer said.
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That’s different from what Raimer said in 2004. Troxell pressed him on this because back then he said Michael Blagg was pushing a cart of cardboard toward the bailer.
“I don’t know why I would have said that,” Raimer said. “He was pushing trash.”
Testimony is scheduled to continue at the Jefferson County courthouse Friday at 1 p.m.