District attorney hires new investigator

Eagle County detective Doug Winters named DeAngelo’s replacement

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After months of searching, 14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham has selected a new chief investigator for her three-county judicial district.

Oldham said today that she has hired Doug Winters, 37, to fill the investigator position vacated by Joe DeAngelo, who left the 14th Judicial District in mid-October to work as a criminal investigator for the Colorado State Attorney General’s Office in Denver.

Winters, a Rifle resident, has been a detective for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office since 1999 and has worked on a number of high-profile cases in his tenure, he said.

Winters accepted the investigator job Dec. 20 and will start in about three weeks, Oldham said.

“We were very fortunate — we had a lot of qualified people apply,” Oldham said. “We interviewed five people and they had good experience, too, but we thought Mr. Winters actually had the most experience and we thought he would be a great fit with our office.”

Winters was born in Denver and raised in Craig.

He graduated from Moffat County High School in 1991 and graduated from Colorado Northwestern Community College’s police training academy in 1996.

Since joining the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Winters said investigating cases has become his passion.

“It’s a good way for me to give back to the community,” he said. “I like the fact that we can help (with) and touch so many lives. But, most importantly, we need to hold people accountable for any type of wrongdoing, if there is any. That’s why we do the job that we do.

“There are laws in place that need to be upheld and we need to be fair and respectable when we do that.”

Oldham said she was impressed with Winters’ extensive experience as a detective.

Among other notable cases, Winters said he was the lead detective in the 2003 sexual assault prosecution of NBA player Kobe Bryant. The case was dismissed before it went to trial in criminal court and later settled out of court after a civil suit, he said.

“It was an interesting time (and) a very interesting case,” Winters said. “I felt it was a good case obviously from an investigatory standpoint.”

Winters said he is excited about coming back to his hometown to start working on cases with local prosecutors.

The detective said he is not intimidated by the prospect of being the lone investigator for the district. He said it’s an opportunity he looks forward to taking on.

“I look at it (like) I have a caseload when I am here, I’ll have a caseload up there, and it’s about doing what’s right,” he said. “I’m sure there are going to be challenges, but I don’t think I am intimidated by anything going up there.

“I think it is going to be a different, better challenge for me coming in.”

For more on this story, read Tuesday’s Craig Daily Press or visit www.craigdailypress.com.

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