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Detective in Kobe case resigns

One of the detectives on the scene when Kobe Bryant was questioned last summer has resigned from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

Marsha Rich, who left the department last week, was one of the sheriff’s detectives who helped coordinate witnesses at the scene while Bryant was being questioned in connection with a sexual assault allegation.

While detectives Doug Winters and Dan Loya questioned Bryant, first in the parking lot of the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera and later in his hotel suite, Rich remained in the lobby to keep an eye on Bryant’s entourage – off duty Los Angeles police detective Troy Laster, Michael Ortiz and Jose Rivilla. The three were along to provide security for Bryant.

When Bryant and Laster approached sheriff’s investigators during the early morning hours of July 2, Bryant told Laster he was willing to talk to the officers. It was then that Rich gently led Laster away to the hotel lobby.

Sources told the Daily that Rich was called into the sheriff’s office last Wednesday for a brief meeting.

Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy said Rich resigned. He had no further comment, saying it was a personnel matter.

Bryant, 25, is charged with one count of felony sexual assault, stemming from a June 30, 2003, in which Bryant alleged raped a 19-year old Eagle County woman in his hotel suite at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera. Bryant has said the sex was consensual.

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