Heidi Fruhling and Tim Masters cases

Gregg Leverett's picture

I wrote the following to show problems with what I consider to be a lack of medical understanding by Steve Johnson, but it kind of changed how the Heidi Fruhling case has the same players and problems as the Tim Masters case.  


I am surprised that Steve Johnson would support statements made by Larimer County District Attorney about the Heidi Fruhling case. I am going to take portions of the letter Larry Abrahamson wrote to a member of the group Judicial Justice. I think this letter contains enough that show the Heidi Fruhling case has many of the same problems as the Tim Masters case. This would include Terrance Gilmore, who was removed by the voters because of his role in the Tim Masters case. I think that Judge Gilmore wanted to help Thomas Lynch gain a position on the bench by helping him gain a conviction by withholding facts from the jury.

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Larry Abrahamson states; When you read about the disposition, it was very fair, perhaps more lenient than I personally would have thought appropriate under the facts of this case. I have to wonder if the same level of care in this case was given as in the Tim Masters case. Remember Larry Abrahamson wrote this letter while the 8th Judicial District Attorney was still considering Tim Masters as a suspect in the murder of Peggy Hettrick. As this letter was written in late December 2010 or early January 2011, Larry Abrahamson still considered Tim Masters a suspect until Colorado Attorney General, John Suthers exonerated Mr. Master in later in 2011. For Larry Abrahamson to say that disposition was very fair, one needs to evaluate it with the knowledge that Larry Abrahamson could not move away from considering Tim Masters a suspect in a murder after Mr. Master was paid $10 million by the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County.  

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Larry Abrahamson states the following. They thought it may be some type of infection so they gave her a broad spectrum antibiotic. I find this statement is very disturbing when combined with the following. During trial, the defense was arsenic poisoning or possibly an overdose of antibiotics by the hospital. I want to stress the overdose of antibiotics by the hospital. The drug that was given to the young girl in this case was vancomycin, which is not a broad spectrum antibiotic as claimed by Larry Abrahamson. Vancomycin is gram positive antibiotic that was developed by the firm Elnco. This drug is to be used as a drug of last resort, because of documented problems of toxicity. So for Larry Abrahamson to claim that a broad spectrum antibiotic was used is an outright lie. Another interesting point about this is if they thought this was some type of infection, why did the emergency room doctor decide to use a drug that is a drug of last resort as the first drug to administer. The other thing that one has to question is why Steve Johnson a Colorado State University trained veterinarian does not knows that vancomycin is not a broad spectrum antibiotic? I asked my father and was told that vancomycin is a gram positive antibiotic.

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Larry Abrahamson states the following about the loss of the medical records. There was absolutely nothing that indicated the baby suffered from any type of chemical poisoning. That is one reason the tests were not taken or preserved at Children’s Hospital. Nor could the defense attorney produce any expert that would support the poisoning. Tests were not run because there were absolutely no symptoms or indicators that caused the doctors to treat poisoning as a possible cause to the child’s condition. I have to question Steve Johnson's medical understanding to support Larry Abrahamson's claim that the medical records were not important to this case. After I asked my father also a veterinarian, I was informed and was able confirm that both heat stroke and arsenic poisoning will produce the same changes in a blood chemistry report. The claim by Larry Abrahamson and support from Steve Johnson, make me think that Larry Abrahamson is hiding the lack of competent work coming out of his office. Thus to prevent evidence that could hurt the case, Thomas Lynch was able to get the required assistance from Terrance Gilmore to prevent the jury from hearing evidence that could have acquitted the defendant. This combined with the loss of the medical records, so that any evidence that could have pointed to any cause other than what was stated in court could not be disproved. Much like the fabricated evidence made and used by Officer Broderick in the Tim Masters case.

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Larry Abrahamson then seems to gloat about how he was able to keep evidence from the jury with the following. Plus the levels of arsenic found in the vomit would have, without a doubt, been fatal to the child. Obviously the child was not dead and this evidence was very suspect. It would have been a tragic injustice for the judge to allow evidence this questionable to be brought to the jury.  I feel that if Larry Abrahamson and Thomas Lynch were more interested in justice, and after the bad reputation gained by the 8th Judicial District Attorney, and courts, along with the Fort Collins Police, after the Tim Masters case, one would be more concerned with presenting an image of seeking the truth. 

This case stinks much like the Tim Masters case, and the players in this case have left a trail that reads much like the Tim Masters case. It is a trail that uses court room tactics to prevent the justice system from working. I feel that the voters of Larimer County were smart in not allowing Larry Abrahamson to have a third term as District Attorney. I only hope the voters are smart enough not to vote for Cliff Riedel to replace Larry Abrahamson.    

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I feel that for Steve Johnson to post this letter on his Larimer County Google page, shows that Steve Johnson supports the facts as presented by Larry Abrahamson, and the errors that Larry Abrahamson presents as fact. You can see this at the following link:

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 https://groups.google.com/a/co.larimer.co.us/group/commissioner_johnson_public/browse_thread/thread/77b7477b885c2b32/b837c1dca913e0a4?lnk=gst&q=larry+abrahamson+amilie+fruhling#b837c1dca913e0a4

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I think this is the reason that Steve Johnson decided to quite being a veterinarian and I feel that one of the reasons is that Steve Johnson had problems in his former profession. For the record my father is a Board Certified Theriogenologist, which is an academic certification that Steve Johnson is not qualified to gain. When my father gained this certification, he was one of two veterianrians in private practice to have this certification.   

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