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Grand Junction man convicted in wife's 2001 murder found guilty again after retrial

In 2004, Michael Blagg was found guilty of killing his wife while she was sleeping and throwing her body into the trash at his office. That conviction was thrown out less than a decade later.

Allison Sylte

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Michael Blagg has been found guilty again in his wife's 2001 murder. 9NEWS is at the Jefferson County Courthouse and will update this story as we learn more details. Read more of the background of the case below.


When he first spoke to Mesa County deputies more than 16 years ago, Michael Blagg called himself a born-again Christian whose life was “open as a book” to investigate.

In the years since, the now-55-year-old has been convicted of murdering his wife while she was sleeping.

His conviction was thrown out nearly a decade later after one of the jurors was found guilty of lying on her jury questionnaire about being a victim of domestic violence – one of the key tenets of the prosecution’s case.

Michael Blagg's 2002 mugshot. 

Blagg has always maintained his innocence.

And he still remains a person of interest in the death of his young daughter, who went missing at the same time as her mother … and whose body has still never been found.

Starting next week, Blagg will once again face a jury – this time in Jefferson County – and his case will likely once again garner media attention from around the country.