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DA hopeful charged with domestic violence

Caddie Nath
Summit Daily News

BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado – Criminal defense lawyer Todd Barson, a Democratic candidate for Eagle County’s district attorney, was charged with domestic violence, child abuse and harassment Friday, Breckenridge police confirmed.

Barson, 44, turned himself in to the Summit County Jail Friday morning following a domestic violence incident at his home earlier in the week, according to a statement from the Breckenridge Police Department.

Breckenridge authorities would not give any additional information, as Summit County Judge Mark Thompson put a gag order on the case.

Barson reportedly bowed out of the DA’s race this week and lent his support to his competitor for the Democratic nomination, Bruce Brown.

He could not be immediately reached for comment Friday afternoon.

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The case has been turned over to the 11th Judicial District Attorney, as the assistant district attorney for the 5th Judicial District, Scott Turner, is also running for DA on the Republican ticket.

“The case is being handled by the district attorney in the 11th district to avoid any appearance of impropriety or perceived bias in the handling of this case,” Turner said.

Barson won decisive victories over Brown in two Summit County Democratic straw polls in recent weeks, with a platform that promised to emphasize juvenile cases to ensure “positive changes for youths at risk.”

Brown said he received an email from Barson letting him know he was planning to withdraw from the district attorney’s race and that he (Barson) thought Brown would make a good DA, Brown told the Summit Daily News Friday.

“I think Todd’s run a very spirited campaign,” Brown said. “As the Democratic nominee, I plan on a very aggressive and dignified campaign and am looking forward to putting out my opinions on the issues.”

Barson moved to Summit County in 1994 and took a job as a deputy district attorney. He later started a criminal law practice in the district and in 2007 he became a judge for the Blue River Municipal Court, while continuing his private practice.

Barson served as a mentor with the Mountain Mentors program for more than 15 years. He belonged to the Summit Prevention Alliance’s Child Protection Team and volunteered with the Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Barson, along with Brown and Turner, was vying for the office term-limited DA Mark Hurlbert will vacate following the November election.

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