A former Lakewood police officer on trial in Denver for alleged sexual assault on a woman committed suicide early Tuesday morning.
Randall Shaun Butler, 39, was charged with double sexual assault in an alleged November 2018 incident in Denver, according to Denver prosecutors. His trial began on June 1st.
Prior to Tuesday’s closing arguments, the presiding judge told the parties and the jury that Butler had “taken his life,” prosecutors said.
“We regret that this process ended this way, and our condolences go out to Mr. Butler’s family and friends,” District Attorney Beth McCann said in a press release. “I am grateful that in this case the victims found the strength and courage to come forward and have the opportunity to tell their stories, even though they did not have the finality of a jury judgment.”
The alleged victim in the Denver case told investigators that she was walking home from a bar on West Seventh Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard when a police officer pulled up, turned on his siren, and offered her a ride home.
The woman said she was sexually assaulted in the back of the patrol car in a parking lot on Sheridan between 25th and 26th Avenues in Denver. According to court records, she remembered Butler’s nameplate.
Butler was a suspect in a similar case in Jefferson County.