The 10 Most Disturbing Colorado Crimes of May
Katerina Bardos. Additional photos below.
We recently altered our monthly mugshot roundup to provide more information about the context and details of each offense — and to put the focus on the most disturbing Colorado crimes we covered during the previous four weeks or so.
And in May, there were all too many incidents that qualified.
Among those featured below are homicides, attempted killings (one allegedly prompted by a disagreement over the price of a testosterone supplement, another that resulted from an address mixup), and a teacher who admitted to having sex with a middle-schooler forty to fifty times.
Continue to see photos and excerpts from each report, followed by links that will connect you with our original items.
We're accustomed to hearing about people pleading for mercy on behalf of family members accused of terrible crimes.
Take the case of Brendan Johnson, whose mother launched a campaign to save him from the death penalty even though he was accused of killing her parents, Charles and Shirley Severance.
But the dynamic is different for nineteen-year-old Dylan Eason, who allegedly murdered his stepmother, Dr. Cynthia Campbell Eason, a Burlington veterinarian, in league with an accomplice, Isaiah Churchwell, 24.
Jon Eason, Dylan's dad, reportedly thinks the death penalty is the appropriate penalty for both men, including his son.
The Twitter profile photo of Loveland's Jason Halla makes it clear that he works out.
How did he build up his muscles to such an impressive degree? He apparently got some assistance from testosterone supplements — products that police say led to a violent turn of events.
Jason is currently clinging to life after being shot by his brother, Sean Halla, reportedly over a $30 price increase in testosterone supplements.
We recently told you about the arrest of Denver police officer Davin Munk for suspicion of sexual assault and more.
Now come some unexpected twists.
First up: the arrest of a second suspect, 47-year-old Angiella Arnot, who's also being investigated on multiple sexual-assault beefs.
Secondly, the allegations reportedly pertain to a sexual assault that was aided by another individual, that employed the use of a weapon or that caused serious bodily injury.
Earlier this week, we told you about the search for Kenneth Bastidos, a suspect in a May 4 murder outside an Adams County motel. (Editor's note: Bastidos was subsequently captured.)
A second man, Jose Ocampo, has been formally charged with first-degree murder after deliberation, first-degree murder extreme indifference and attempted first-degree murder — and because he's accused of committing a crime of violence as a habitual offender, his sentence could be enhanced if he's found guilty.
Meanwhile, we've learned much more about the victim of the crime, Michael House.
House's sister, Danielle Urban, acknowledges that he had his own troubles with the law. But she stresses that he was a loving father of three as well as a rapper who recorded under the name Syklone Co3. Indeed, a song he wrote as a tribute to two relatives who died will now be played at his own funeral.
An arrest warrant for Katrina Kennedy suggests that social media acted more quickly — and more aggressively — than did law enforcement when it came to holding the alleged child abuser responsible for her actions.
The document, on view below in its entirety, reveals that officers for the community of Lochbuie, located in Weld County, had possession of a video showing Kennedy tormenting, and possibly bashing, her toddler son.
But an arrest wasn't made until the video became a shocking viral sensation on social media.
Continue to learn about five more shocking Colorado crimes from May.Next Page
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