Robert Walters guilty of murdering girlfriend Brittney Brashers, not of putting hit on wife

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Robert Walters
A jury has found Robert Walters, 25, guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Brittney Brashers, in November 2009 by beating her to death. The jury found him not guilty, however, of soliciting the murder of his then-wife, Elena Walters, whom he was cheating on with Brashers. Prosecutors had alleged that Walters hired a fellow inmate to kill his wife so she couldn't testify against him at trial.

Walters and Brashers met in 2009 while both serving in the Air Force in Iraq.

The Walters trial began in late August in Denver District Court and stretched over three weeks. Closing arguments were heard on Wednesday. Prosecutors argued that Walters beat Brashers to death and then faked a car accident to cover it up. However, defense attorney Fernando Freyre said that scenario made no sense. "This is not a murder," he said. "It's a car crash."

Late this afternoon, the jury indicated they had reached verdicts on the two counts: murder and solicitation to murder. As the judge read them, Walters stared straight ahead, his face seemingly expressionless. His mother, seated in the front row, audibly sobbed. Brashers's family, who was seated across the courtroom, did not cry out. Both families were then escorted out of the courtroom by sheriff's deputies.

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Brittney Brashers
Chief Deputy District Attorney Helen Morgan stopped to speak with a huddle of news cameras. "I understand where they ended up," she said of the jury. The defense tried mightily to discredit the main witness on the solicitation charge, an inmate with a long rap sheet named Rodrick Williams who got a deal in his own case to testify against Walters.

Morgan called the case "a difficult one" and said it was clear from the time paramedics responded to the supposed car accident and found Brashers dead but Walters unharmed, that something wasn't right.

"But 'this isn't right' isn't enough to charge someone with murder," she said.

Instead, it took five months before Walters was arrested. Morgan credited police detectives' hard work and the eventual cooperation of his then-wife, Elena, who secretly recorded Walters talking about the crime and threatening her not to tell anyone.

For more on the case, read the Westword feature "Dead End."

More from our Colorado Crimes archives: "Robert Walters trial: Best friend of victim Brittney Brashers testifies about night she died."

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CanD
CanD

Nate-- Your comment is way out of line. Brittney was a part of a runners group that would run naked. Do you really think she cared about being topless. This story is about her unfortunate death and not about some dude.

Friend of Britt
Friend of Britt

None of you people knew Brittany. This article isn't the entire story. So unless you knew anyone involved in this case keep your nasty trolling comments to yourself. Everyone can make mistakes no one deserves to be murdered for them.

Acd1
Acd1

Mistakes? Try perpetual, petulant, willful and immature "mistakes" despite officers and senior NCOs trying continually to get her focused on her potential and future. I sat with her at length when she came off deployment, in yet another attempt to reach this young Airman. Obviously, and sadly, our message didn't get through. No single point of failure, she chose repeatedly to ignore advice, wise counsel, and orders

Acd1
Acd1

I purposely omit discussion of her killer. Of course she didn't deserve her fate. Of course he deserves what he got; he's a scumbag. Brittney, however, made a series of poor decisions of her own volition: disregarded Gen Order 1, repeateded willful adultery, drinking & driving, Foxxy Football topless photos? Each of these failed our AF core values and could have (probably should have) resulted in UCMJ action against her and a discharge.

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Nate Marshall
Nate Marshall

In this case you need to also look at the role brian Collins played in this. Brian is a thug who is continually in jail for non payment of child suppot who owns the Foxxy Football League and Architecture promotions, both failing businesses. Collins got brittany drunk and made her go topless as he does to all his foxxy whores at his event the night she died.

Teelaa03
Teelaa03

Nate, that 'foxxy whore' as you call her (which offends and infuriates me beyond words) was actually an amazingly sweet, caring and beautiful person. For all of us that knew her, her memory eclipses your disgusting words. I really hope the decisions that 22 year old girls make don't justify them being beaten and murdered, like they apparently do to you.

Melanie_Asmar
Melanie_Asmar

Hi Nate,

This is Melanie Asmar. I'm the Westword reporter who wrote the story. I'd be interested in speaking with you about Brian Collins and his role in all of this. Please contact me at melanie.asmar@westword.com. Thanks!

RyanJohnSmith
RyanJohnSmith

As I understand the story she did nothing against her will; Moreover, she knowingly carried on a relationship with a married man and continually disobeyed orders from her C.O.

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