Update: Dejuan Jones Captured, Charged in North Park Hill Triple Killing
Update: Dejuan Jones, the third person indicted in a triple homicide in North Park Hill on June 3, is now in custody.
According to KTUL-TV, Jones was taken into custody last week in Tulsa, Oklahoma — the same location where former CU Buffs football player Chadd Evans was found. A third suspect, Deashaun Turrentine, was fitted for handcuffs in Las Vegas.
The three are charged in an incident that led to the deaths of Sean Pointe, Devonne Burton and Derrius Woods during what police describe as a robbery gone wrong.
Continue for our previous coverage, including additional details about Evans.
Update, 4:45 a.m. June 17: Last week, we told you about the arrest of former CU Buffs football player Chadd Evans in a North Park Hill triple killing that police are describing as a drug deal gone wrong; see our previous coverage below.
Now, Evans, most recently of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been formally charged in the crimes, along with two other men from the same area: Deashaun Turrentine, who's in custody, and Dejuan Jones, who remains at large as of this writing.
Like Evans, Turrentine and Jones both have criminal pasts.
Meanwhile, we've found a Facebook post by Evans in which he passionately denies a previous allegation while saying that "my testimony is one that could save future athletes from traveling down [the] same path."
Note: Because the Denver District Attorney's Office maintains that "ID issues" have yet to be resolved in this matter, despite the formal charges that say the trio "shot and killed two men and tried to kill five others," the photos in this post have been disguised.
As we've noted, the three people killed in the June 3 shooting at a residence on the 3600 block of Hudson Street were Sean Pointe (spelled "Sean Point" by the Denver Medical Examiner), Devonne Burton and Derrius Woods, described by the DA as an associate of the Oklahoma trio.
A Facebook photo of Chadd Evans.
Evans was arrested in Tulsa during the days following the shooting. A previous cuffing took place this past February in the wake of a drug raid at a rental property at which three pounds of meth was found.
Was there another bust in the interim? A May 9 Facebook post by Evans alludes to an arrest for robbing a man of money and cigarettes. He proclaims his innocence in the following note; we've left the original spelling and punctuation, etc., unchanged:
iam go fight for truth to come out but I have no understating how a person can say I robbed him knowing I am not that type person at this point i am not worried about it but at same time I love my name Chadd Evans means something to me I don't want people even think robbing is what I do Iam far from perfect but stealing is not in me so robbing is not part of me but people rather drag a person name in Mud I've made plenty mistakes in life and no I am prime example of could've should've would've and I can live with that and no my testimony is one that could save future athletes from traveling down same path it's crazy but I no truth will come out man told police I robbed him for money and Newport's Not funny but from now on I hate all tobacco but I will continue pray and let truth come out
Jones, seen in the booking photo at the top of this update, also had a news-making arrest prior to the latest charges. In March 2015, according to KTUL-TV in Tulsa, he was busted on kidnapping and armed-robbery charges. The station says the victim wanted to buy a car from Jones using money from a tax return that was on his ATM card — but Jones pulled out a handgun, took the card, and then drove the man at gunpoint to a convenience store. He reportedly left the man at the store after learning that it didn't have an ATM.
As for Turrentine, we found two very different booking photos of him — one with hair....
...and one without:
The latter pic appears on a Mugshots.com listing that shows four convictions between 2010 and 2013, including possession of a controlled drug and second-degree burglary.
The search for Jones is ongoing. Denver court dates for Evans and Turrentine have not yet been set. Continue for our previous coverage.
Original post, 5:35 a.m. June 8: In announcing the arrest of Chadd Evans (spelled "Chad Evans" in the press release) regarding a triple killing in North Park Hill, the Denver Police Department stated that "a booking photo of the suspect is not being released at this time as additional photo lineups are needed.
"Denver Police ask that media outlets not release images of the suspect found in the public domain as it may jeopardize this investigation."
This request explains why we've pixelated the images of Evans in this post — and there are indeed plenty of shots available online.
Why? Because Evans was a major college football player who signed with the University of Colorado Boulder and later played for the University of Tulsa, where he's from — and earlier this year, he was arrested in Tulsa during a drug bust where meth and cocaine were discovered.
First, a quick recap of the crime in question.
At 8:15 p.m. on the June 3, as we've reported, Denver police officers responded to a residence in the 3600 block of Hudson Street.
Upon their arrival, they found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. They couldn't be revived.
A third man — Derrius Woods — was transported to Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. In addition, a fourth, thus-far-unidentified individual was shot in the arm — and the DPD let it be known that investigators believed other suspects may have been involved in what the department described as a drug deal gone wrong.
Then, yesterday afternoon, the DPD announced that Evans had been taken into custody in Tulsa on suspicion of felony murder, attempted murder and robbery.
According to a 2006 article in the Tulsa World newspaper, Evans "grew up playing football at the North Mabee Boys and Girls Club, where his mother was a day-care center worker. He played at Carver Middle School" and Booker T. Washington High School, where he was a standout defensive stalwart.
He subsequently signed to play defensive end for the CU Buffs and spent a year living in Boulder.
But Buffs fame was not to be.
A 2004 Scout.com report notes, "Redshirt freshman Chadd Evans had asked for a release from his scholarship Friday, and was granted one." No reason is given.
Shortly thereafter, Evans returned to Tulsa and enrolled at the city's namesake university.
After sitting out a year, he took his place on the football team, and in 2005, Tulsa World points out, he led the squad in tackles.
But in summer 2006, shortly after Evans got into a fight with two offensive linemen during a practice, the university announced that he had left the team.
Nearly ten years later, Evans's photo appeared in a post for another Tulsa outlet, KRMG. This time, however, the image was a mug shot.
On February 8 of this year, KRMG reveals, Tulsa police conducted a drug raid on a rental property.
Inside, officers reportedly "recovered three pounds of meth, cocaine and two pistols" in a home where "small children" were also on hand.
Evans was one of three people arrested in the case.
Now, Evans — a Facebook friend of Derrius Woods, who was also from Tulsa — is facing even more serious charges in Colorado, where he once hoped to realize his gridiron dreams.
Below, see a brief update about Evans's arrest from 9News.
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