Aurora Colorado Police Department
|Dates of Service||Ended October 12, 2023.|
|Last Known Status||Terminated|
2019 Death of Elijah McClain
On June 20, 2020, Roedema was "moved off regular duty for their own protection" and was "now working in a non-enforcement capacity." Nathan Woodyard and Jason Rosenblatt had been reassigned on June 13, 2020.
On September 1, 2021, Roedema was charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, second-degree assault with intent to cause bodily injury, and one count of a crime of violence, as part of a 32-count indictment.
On September 1, 2021, in reaction to felony charges being filed, the officers were suspended without pay.
In August 2023, prosecutors removed the "crime of violence" sentence enhancement, which would have imposed higher minimum prison sentences. The prosecutor claimed that the enhancement charges were "unnecessary and would not affect the amount of time the officers might spend in prison".
On October 12, 2023, a jury convicted Roedema of criminally negligent homicide and third-degree assault. Roedema faces up to three years in prison on the homicide charge.
On October 12, 2023, Roedema was fired.
- Robert Garrison, APD terminates officer convicted in Elijah McClain's death, ABC 7 Denver, 2023-10-14
- Victoria Albert, Officers involved in Elijah McClain's death re-assigned in "effort to protect" them, CBS News, 2020-06-26
- Erik Ortiz, "Grand jury in Elijah McClain investigation indicts officers, medics in 2019 death", NBC News, 2021-09-01
- Janet Oravetz, Grand jury returns 32-count indictment in Elijah McClain case, 9News, 2020-09-01
- Statewide grand jury returns 32-count indictment against Aurora Police officers and Aurora Fire Rescue paramedics in the death of Elijah McClain, Colorado Attorney General, 2021-09-01
- Statements on Indictment of Officers and Firefighters in Elijah McClain Case, City of Aurora Website, 2021-09-01
- Shelly Bradbury, Charges reduced for two officers in Elijah McClain case as trial nears, Denver Post, 2023-08-21