Opening statements expected in trial of ex-officer accused of killing trophy elk

BOULDER, Colo. — Jury selection continues Wednesday morning in the trial of a former officer accused of shooting and killing a trophy elk in Boulder County.

Sam Carter, 37, faces several felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with the plot to illegally shoot and kill the animal out of season.

Opening statements are set to begin Wednesday afternoon when jury selection is completed.

Prosecutors say Carter killed the elk, known as “Big Boy,” on Mapleton Hill while he was on duty. The officer initially told police he shot the elk because he noticed it was hurt, but a necropsy revealed no evidence of a prior injury.

If convicted, Carter faces up to six years in prison.