Evergreen attorney accused of conspiracy to commit murder

Jennifer Emmi’s preliminary hearing set for Feb. 26

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 2/17/21

An Evergreen attorney accused of conspiring to kill her estranged husband’s girlfriend and more will appear in court on Feb. 26 for a preliminary hearing. Jennifer Emmi, 43, also known as Jennifer …

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Evergreen attorney accused of conspiracy to commit murder

Jennifer Emmi’s preliminary hearing set for Feb. 26

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An Evergreen attorney accused of conspiring to kill her estranged husband’s girlfriend and more will appear in court on Feb. 26 for a preliminary hearing.

Jennifer Emmi, 43, also known as Jennifer Edwards, was arrested on Jan. 25 and charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, retaliating against a victim or witness, domestic violence, violation of a mandatory protection order and three counts of stalking, according to an affidavit filed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The latest charges are in addition to 16 felonies and 16 misdemeanors in other felony cases filed over the last year that allege attempts to influence public servants, domestic violence and retaliation against witnesses.

Emmi is an animal rights attorney, who began The Animal Law Center based in Englewood and owns the 14 Hands Ranch in Evergreen.

Attorneys Colin Bresee and Malcolm Seawell are representing Emmi. Bresee said on Feb. 12 that he’s being bombarded by calls from the news media all over the country and internationally about the case.

The two attorneys are still reviewing the allegations against Emmi, he said.

“We have not reviewed the allegations and the basis for the charges,” Bresee said. “This case involves more than paper. It involves electronics. We have a lot of work ahead of us.”

Much of the 35-page arrest affidavit uses Emmi’s text messages, emails and internet searches to make its case against her.

Emmi is being held in the Jefferson County jail on a $3 million cash bond that she must pay herself. Bresee said Emmi has filed for bankruptcy, so she will not be able to bail herself out of jail before the preliminary hearing.

“It’s been well document that she has health concerns,” Bresee added. “I don’t know what (Emmi’s) medical treatment or conditions are. … (Emmi) does not think she’s doing well in the jail and would like out.”

The arrest affidavit also states that Emmi has been diagnosed with a mental health condition.

Emmi’s estranged husband told investigators that he is afraid Emmi would kill him, their three children and his girlfriend; his girlfriend, who is the family’s former au pair, told investigators she didn’t feel safe; and they have gone into hiding with the children, according to the affidavit.

Allegations

The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has been investigating Emmi since July, and the affidavit states that she “conspired with and solicited multiple third parties to murder, harass, surveil, and retaliate against victims and witnesses in her criminal and civil cases.”

Jeffco investigators found evidence that Emmi “has also been conducting research on and targeting numerous persons involved in her cases as well as their uninvolved family members. ... (She) has contacted numerous third parties, alleging that her estranged husband and his girlfriend have kidnapped, brainwashed and are abusing her children as a long-term plot to frame (her), of which (the investigator) found no evidence,” the affidavit said.

Emmi and her husband began having marital problems in January 2019, and when her husband threatened divorce, Jennifer began to complain of various illnesses, according to the arrest affidavit.

According to the affidavit, Emmi threatened to harm one of the children and is alleged to have hurt one of them. The Canyon Courier is choosing not to provide details to not further harm the children.

In January 2020, the affidavit says she put a knife to her husband’s throat at a family birthday party. She also in the last year researched on the internet ways to evade law enforcement detection, according to the affidavit.

Conspiracy to commit murder

The arrest affidavit says Emmi asked a ranch hand about killing her estranged husband’s girlfriend. The ranch hand informed the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office about the request and said when he warned Emmi that her husband might be killed too, she replied: “I’m inclined to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak,” according to the affidavit.

Investigators also learned that Emmi approached another man who had been a trained military sniper about killing people for her, according to the affidavit.

Neither has been charged with a crime.

Emmi repeatedly texted and emailed her husband and his girlfriend, conducted internet searches on “how to get rid of the other woman for good,” and tried but failed to have U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement deport the girlfriend to Brazil, the affidavit said.

Emmi’s attorney said Emmi cares deeply about her kids and wants to be with them again.

“This is not something that is going to have a quick resolution,” Bresee said of the court proceedings ahead of Emmi.

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