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March 13, 2018
FILE - This undated booking photo provided by the Arapahoe County, Colo., Sheriff's Office shows Greta Lindecrantz, a defense investigator jailed for refusing to testify for prosecutors in a death penalty appeal. Lindecrantz, a Mennonite who opposes capital punishment, did not want to risk her testimony being used to help execute the defendant. However, she says she now intends to testify because the defendant’s lawyers say her refusal to take the stand is hurting his appeal, putting his life at risk. (Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado criminal investigator jailed for refusing to testify in a death penalty case because of her faith (all times local):

7:05 p.m.

A Colorado criminal defense investigator jailed for refusing to testify in a death penalty appeal because of her faith has been released.

A judge on Monday ordered that Greta Lindecrantz, a Mennonite who opposes capital punishment, be set free after Lindecrantz agreed to testify. She spent two weeks behind bars and was released Monday evening.

Lindecrantz did not want to testify for prosecutors seeking to uphold the conviction and death sentence of Robert Ray. But according to a court document filed Saturday, she changed her mind after Ray’s lawyers said her refusal to testify was hurting his appeal and putting his life at risk.

Lindecrantz worked on Ray’s original legal team. His current lawyers are challenging his conviction and sentence in part by claiming he didn’t have an effective defense.

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2:30 p.m.

A Colorado criminal defense investigator jailed for refusing to testify in a death penalty appeal because of her faith is being released from jail now that she’s agreed to take the stand.

A judge on Monday ordered that Greta Lindecrantz, a Mennonite who opposes capital punishment, be set free after spending two weeks behind bars.

She did not want to testify for prosecutors seeking to uphold the conviction and death sentence of Robert Ray. But according to a court document filed Saturday, she changed her mind after Ray’s lawyers said her refusal to testify was hurting his appeal and putting his life at risk.

Lindecrantz worked on Ray’s original legal team. His current lawyers are challenging his conviction and sentence in part by claiming he didn’t have an effective defense.