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Aspen DA was put under police protection

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
whaupt@aspentimes.com
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN, Colorado ” When law enforcement authorities walked into the Aspen, Colorado district attorney’s office Friday afternoon, it appeared to be a routine visit.

Then the officers revealed the ex-wife of prosecutor Richard Nedlin was allegedly plotting to kill him.

Around 4 p.m. Pitkin County Sheriff’s investigator Ron Ryan and Aspen Police detective Chris Womack “came to our office and informed us of the information they received,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin said.

The information came from Jefferson County authorities, and it prompted a plan to help safeguard the prosecutor.

Authorities “set up a procedure to make sure Richard and his family were safe and protected,” Mordkin said of the police’s efforts.

While details of the protection plan were not disclosed Mordkin said it was in effect until Elinor Dvir, Nedlin’s ex-wife, was arrested Sunday in Jefferson County.

One of Morkin’s next moves was to contact the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, which took control of the case late Friday afternoon. Mordkin said prosecutors there kept him informed on the case throughout the weekend.

“Our office is extremely indebted to [them] … and all the people up there for the swift and professional way they handled the [situation],” he said.

Dvir, 36, was taken into custody a day after she allegedly offered $2,000 to an undercover police officer to kill her ex-husband, according to an arrest affidavit.

A police informant, who told authorities he had conversations with Dvir about killing Nedlin, alerted them about the alleged murder plot.

The informant told authorities he met with Dvir at a Lakewood bar in late February, where she was bugging him about “taking out” Nedlin. The informant said he met Dvir through the Denver Metro VIP Escort Service.

She apparently worked for the company as an escort, the affidavit states.

The informant allegedly had numerous conversations with Dvir over a two-week period regarding alleged “hits” on Nedlin, with the last conversation occurring March 6.

That is when the informant apparently told Dvir that he wanted her to meet his partner, who would be responsible for doing the “job.” The partner was the undercover officer, the affidavit states.

A meeting was arranged between the undercover officer and Dvir at her residence Saturday on South Grant Street in Denver. It was at that meeting she allegedly offered money to kill her former husband.

Dvir, who is to appear March 19 in Jefferson County Court, was being held on $100,000 bond.

whaupt@aspentimes.com


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