Christian Harvey, alleged sex offender, acquitted of putting $200 hit on prosecutor
Update below: Did Christian Harvey, busted on assorted sex-crime charges, seriously try to hire his cellmate to murder his prosecutor? Or was he talking out of his ass?
More photos, video below.
A jury has sided with the latter explanation despite a recording of the alleged plan, a supposed confession and bail in the case that totaled an impressive $10 million. One possible reason: Harvey is said to have only offered $200 for the hit. Details, photos and video below.
On May 31, 2013, according to an arrest affidavit on view below in its entirety, Harvey was in the Arapahoe County detention facility for contempt of court in relation to a sexual assault on a child case.
At the time, 9News reported at the time that he had initially been busted for allegedly impregnating an underage girl when he was eighteen; he'd turned nineteen by the time he was in Arapahoe County lockup and is now twenty.
A photo of the Arapaohe County detention facility, from 9News coverage.
Harvey's cellmate was 35-year-old Michael Jimenez, described in the report as a former member of the military. Jimenez is said to have informed his private attorney that Harvey had asked him to kill the deputy district attorney assigned to the teen's sex case. That lawyer than contacted the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, which launched an inquiry.
A few days later, Jimenez sat down with investigators and asserted that Harvey had other targets beyond the prosecutor. Portions of the narrative are blacked out, but the intended victims seem to include the victim in the sex-assault case, her mom and her current boyfriend.
Regarding the prosecutor, Harvey is said to have given Jimenez a detailed description of her and then asked her to "shoot off both of [her] legs" during the murder, for which he offered $200.
Jimenez said he believed Harvey was serious. The then-teen apparently felt that with the prosecutor dead, the case against him would "fall through the cracks."
The ACSO staffers didn't simply take Jimenez's word about Harvey trying to hire him as a hit man. They asked him to wear a "concealed listening device" in an effort to "corroborate Harvey's requests."
On June 5, Jimenez did so -- and the arrest report maintains that Harvey repeated his offer, adding even more details in the process.
Continue for more about the acquittal of Christian Harvey, including additional photos, a video and an original document, plus an update.