Man Implicated in Palisade Murder Claims Innocence
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The mother of a man who has recently been implicated in the 1994 murder of a Palisade woman is speaking out.
Douglas Thames is currently in prison for the 1989 murder of a Fort Collins woman. Through DNA testing, he is now accused in the death of Jacie Taylor.
Robert Dewey was originally charged with the murder and served more than 15 years in prison; however, he was exonerated April 30.
Sandra Gifford, Thames' mother, has spoken out to the public about the case. She believes there was foul play involved.
Gifford said, "We have documentation where they sent in someone else's DNA under my sons name .... I don't know what we are going to do, because we don't have funds ... Our hearts go out to the family of Susan Doll and Jacie Taylor's family, but my son is a victim as well as them, as well as our family."
Gifford claims officials were originally searching for a suspect with a blood type that was not Thames'. She said the blood type was later changed to match Thames' blood type.
Gifford is seeking help and wants to clear her son's name.