Mesa County’s District Attorney is upset over a headline that he says isn't true.
In Tuesday morning's edition of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the story of Jared Wright and his dispute with the Fruita Police Department indicated there was a conflict with the DA.
District Attorney Pete Hautzinger was surprised when he saw the front page of Tuesday’s newspaper and the headline, “DA, Candidate Clash.”
"The fact of the matter is I’m not in conflict with anybody except for the defendants we're prosecuting," Hautzinger said.
Hautzinger is upset an email conversation between he and Jared Wright has been branded that way.
He says he's made it clear all he wants to do is stay out of the dispute between Wright and the Fruita Police Department.
"I’ve refused to do any public comment about that case because I don't know about it and it’s not my position to make decisions to what is and what is not in there,” Hautzinger said. “Now, because of that headline saying that there's a conflict I feel I do need to talk.”
The DA says the only reason he is involved is to be a messenger.
"I got a letter from the chief of police saying there's a potential issue, I passed that along to the defense bar, end of story. That’s the total extent of my involvement,” Hautzinger said. “The way it works is when the chief of police, sheriff, or any law enforcement agency head tells me there's a possible honesty issue in their file, I’m required to let the defense bar know about it. That’s what happened here."
Hautzinger say's the headline is an annoyance.
"I did discuss it with the publisher of the Sentinel this morning. It was just a poorly written headline,” Hautzinger said. “The actual body of the story makes it pretty clear I don't have a dog in this fight and I’m not involved one way or the other.”
We spoke with Jared Wright who says has absolutely no conflict or animosity with the DA.
He called the headline a misrepresentation.