First test of validity of Williams’ cases scheduled |

First test of validity of Williams’ cases scheduled

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A court hearing date was set Thursday for the first of what could be many motions questioning the investigations and testimonies of former Silt police officer Michael Williams.

On Monday, Garfield County public defender Greg Greer filed a motion to withdraw the guilty plea made by his client Bradley Hughes and to dismiss the case against Hughes.

On Thursday, 9th District Judge James Boyd set July 24 as the date he’ll hear that motion.

Hughes’ case is one of as many as 190 criminal cases where information questioning Williams’ credibility might not have been provided to defense attorneys by the district attorney’s office.

That means Hughes and his defense attorney might not have had all the information available about the arresting officer in the case.

Williams was both an investigator and a witness in a case where Hughes pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft and driving while ability impaired on Jan. 18, 2002.

“Potential impeachment information” about Williams is contained in a document of more than 400 pages. It explains that when Williams was a police officer at the Frisco Police Department, he was arrested on felony charges of attempting to influence a public servant and tampering with physical evidence. Williams allegedly administered an alcohol breath test twice and throwing away the lower results of the first test in a drunken driving arrest.

Williams pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of first-degree official misconduct and was forced to resign from the Frisco Police Department in 1997.

When Williams was hired as a full-time Silt officer in 1999, Myers’ office began a policy of informing all defense attorneys whose clients were arrested by Williams that the officer had a conviction on his record in Summit County.

That information was supposed to be given to defense attorneys as they prepared for trials or advised their clients about their cases. It could have allowed attorneys to raise questions about Williams’ credibility as an investigator or a witness in those cases.

But Myers admitted in an April 10 letter that the potential impeachment notice might not have been consistently distributed.

Williams’ resignation from the Silt Police Department came less than a month after Myers sent copies of that letter to area defense attorneys.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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