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Apr 27, 2010 5:39 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado prosecutors, deputies stranded on public dime by volcano

Ouch--imagine this hotel bill for taxpayers!

Two Colorado prosecutors and two sheriff's deputies were among travelers stranded overseas when an Icelandic volcano erupted and forced the closure of much of Europe's airspace.

The four were in London for interviews and an extradition hearing in a slaying case.

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Martin Beeson and Deputy District Attorney Jeff Cheney returned to Colorado Friday, six days later than planned. Garfield County sheriff's Cmdr. Bill Middleton and Detective Eric Ashworth booked flights home for Sunday. It wasn't clear when they intended to return.

They were in London for the case of 46-year-old Marcus Bebb-Jones, facing murder charges in the death of his wife. Beeson says a judge approved Bebb-Jones' extradition but he could appeal.

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