A COLORADO MOM OF THREE SHOT DEAD IN HER BEDROOM - WAS IT MURDER OR SUICIDE?
Her Parents Speak Out in "48 HOURS: Death after Midnight"
Ashley Fallis, a married mother of three, was found with a single shot to her head in the bedroom of the Colorado home she shared with her husband, Tom Fallis. She later died at a local hospital. Was it suicide, as her husband maintained, or was it murder, as Ashley's parents insist?
48 HOURS and Erin Moriarty have the latest in the investigation, the case against Tom Fallis and the emotional outcome in an updated edition of "Death After Midnight" to be broadcast Oct. 22 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
"It is incredibly unbelievable to see your kid lying in a bed with a bullet hole through them," Ashley's mother, Jenna Fox told 48 HOURS. "He shot her, I know he shot her."
"I did not shoot my wife," Tom Fallis said during a police interview to be broadcast on 48 HOURS.
Ashley Fallis died following a New Year's Eve party. The party started out fine, but after alcohol flowed, Tom, who worked for the sheriff's office, erupted in anger, said Ashley's parents. Ashley's parents said that Ashley seemed normal though, and they decided it was time to leave.
Tom Fallis told police that he had gone into the closet in the couple's bedroom when he heard a gun cock. He said he looked to Ashley and asked what she was doing. Before he could get the sentence out, the gun fired. He dialed 9-1-1.
The coroner ruled Ashley's manner of death as suicide within days, and police closed the investigation. The case remained closed, however, until reporter Justin Joseph got a call from a source in law enforcement suggesting something wasn't right with the Fallis case. What Joseph's investigation turned up changed everything. The case was reopened, and Tom Fallis was charged with murder. But would it result in the answers Ashley Fallis's parents long sought?
48 HOURS: "Death after Midnight" is produced by Lindsey Schwartz, Lauren Clark, Alec Sirken, Chuck Stevenson, Chris Young Ritzen and Doug Longhini. Grayce Arlotta-Berner, Jud Johnston and Mike Baluzy are the editors. Peter Schweitzer is the senior producer. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.
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