After twelve years of trying to put Edward Montour Jr. to death for the murder of a Limon prison guard, it took only a few minutes late yesterday afternoon to sentence him to life without parole, after prosecutors grumblingly agreed to a plea deal that they said would provide only "partial justice" ... More >>
Last month, Commerce City Police Officer Robert Price was found not guilty in a controversial 2012 dog shooting caught on video; see our previous coverage below. Immediately afterward, Gary Branson, owner of Choe, the dog that was killed, said he would likely file a civil lawsuit in the case, and h ... More >>
This week's feature, "Lethal Election," explores how the race for district attorney in the 18th Judicial District has drawn a national spotlight because the winner will have to decide whether to pursue the death penalty in prosecuting James Holmes, the suspect in the Aurora theater shootings. It's a ... More >>
One of the central questions in the case of accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes involves whether his attorneys will employ the insanity defense. The legal tactic has been used many times in mass slayings and other shocking crimes, and not always effectively: Note that serial killers John Way ... More >>
Eric Swanson is still headed to prison for an attack on another concertgoer at the 2010 Mayhem Festival. But the length of his sentence won't be anything like the mountain of time -- up to 64 years -- he had been facing in the case. Acknowledging that his codefendant had received a relatively light ... More >>
Update by Michael Roberts: Many observers felt confident that former Denver Broncos defender Perrish Cox would be found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman last year. After all, DNA evidence showed that he had impregnated her. But moments ago, a jury acquitted Cox of the charges -- a ... More >>
Robert WaltersA jury has found Robert Walters, 25, guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Brittney Brashers, in November 2009 by beating her to death. The jury found him not guilty, however, of soliciting the murder of his then-wife, Elena Walters, whom he was cheating on with Brashers. Prosecut ... More >>
Alejandro PerezLast week's acquittal of Alejandro Perez in the murder of another inmate at the Limon Correctional Facility provides fresh ammo for critics of Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers, whose determination to seek the death penalty for a prison gang homicide has resu ... More >>
Brian Hicks. Today, reputed gang leader Brian Hicks stands trial in Denver for the murder of a witness named Kalonniann Clark. Prosecutors say Hicks ordered the killing while he was in jail on drug charges in 2006 in order to stop Clark from testifying that he'd tried to shoot her a year earl ... More >>
Jacob & Mom.Cloaked in secrecy, juvenile court matters are so rarely covered in Colorado that it's been instructive watching the Denver Post fumble a bit in its reporting on Jacob Christenson, the eleven-year-old in Parker charged with second-degree arson over a fire that caused $195,000 in d ... More >>
Large photos below.This week, Travis Anderson was found guilty of child abuse resulting in death and manslaughter in relation to the passing of his three-week old child -- and the evidence put forward against him could hardly have been more damning. Authorities say he stole some tools and the ... More >>
Large photo below.Last month, we told you about Sean Mueller's alleged Ponzi scheme, which reportedly netted $71 million from 65 investors. Included among them: Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, whose $15 million loss may have pushed Mueller toward a suicide attempt. Today, Mueller pleaded ... More >>
David Bueno."Arapahoe County DA Charges Death-Penalty Fees to State," a February 2008 feature by Alan Prendergast, spotlighted the prosecution of David Bueno, one of two cons charged with killing a fellow prisoner in 2004. District Attorney Carol Chambers sought the death penalty against Buen ... More >>
Larger photo below.One of the earliest entries in our Mile High Murder archive involves a May 2009 arson-related murder in Aurora that led to the arrests of Douglas Taylor and Coy Dunn. The victim in the case was subsequently identified as Jose De Jesus Martinez Espinoza. More than a year la ... More >>
Club Posh.The murder conviction of Douglas Taylor in the May 2009 arson death of Jose De Jesus Martinez Espinoza isn't the only recent resolution to a case from our Mile High Murder archives. Ricardo Soto has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of John McGaughy-Singleton. Details and ... More >>
Zachary Montoya.It was clear from the get-go that the shooting of Daniel Deleon at a South Williams Street home had all the earmarks of a Make My Day case, à la the incident in which Filberto Alderete was cleared in the killing of the death of Jesus Sifuentes Jr. And now it's official. The h ... More >>
Kataina "Markie" Jackson-Keeling.Two alleged associates of Willie Clark, who's currently serving a life sentence plus 1,152 years for murdering Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams in 2007, admitted in court yesterday that they were in contempt when they refused to testify at Clark's trial ear ... More >>
Isela Reyes-Talamantes pleaded guilty to trying to cover up a horrible death.Isela Reyes-Talamantes, 25, wasn't accused of personally killing her two-year-old son, Elijah, in 2008. But she's earned two decades in stir anyhow because, according to the Denver District Attorney's Office, she "ro ... More >>
Thaddeus Gonzalez has already been charged with three sex crimes.In less than an hour, Thaddeus Gonzalez is due in a Denver courtroom in relation to three sex-crime charges: two counts of sexual assault on a child and sexual assault -- ten year age difference. But the Denver District Attorne ... More >>
Cory Voorhis."Tony Rouco is really a small piece of the puzzle," former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Cory Voorhis says about an ICE supervisor who reportedly gave false testimony under oath. "It's most obvious that the wrongdoing is at some level higher." In some respects, ... More >>
View Larger Map This just in from the Adams County District Attorney's Office. Late yesterday, Kevin Duane Stunes was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Nancy Bannock last Thanksgiving at 1616 E. 78th Avenue, an area captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, cl ... More >>
The fourth day of Michael Tate’s first-degree murder trial for killing the father of his friend, Michael Fitzgerald, was supposed to start with Fitzgerald on the stand. But for the third straight day, the trial started late. First, Tate’s attorneys tried to keep Fitzgerald from testifying – a ... More >>
The Air Force Academy discovered that prosecuting accused steroid-abusers is as tricky as attorney Rick Collins says.
Chanda Johnson went to court for protection from her ex-husband. She didn't get it.
Who's a bigger nuisance -- Douglas Bruce or Denver's property police?
A sampling of Project Exile convictions.
When the accused reject a not-guilty plea, Colorado's insanity law breaks down.
Left for Dead, Jailed for Good
Carole Abbott was an expert witness in child sex-abuse cases. What she witnessed at home was a different matter.
As judges ponder the fates of Brandy DuVall's murderers, they must measure different shades of black.
Two years ago this week, Brandy DuVall was killed by members of the Deuce-Seven gang. For the past month, the courts have been deciding whether her murderers live or die.
The state's first death-penalty panel meets--and spares the life of Robert Riggan.
The Deuce-Seven Bloods spin out of control, ripping families apart--including their own.
When the Deuce-Seven Bloods went hunting for a snitch, they shot Venus Montoya instead.
Robert Riggan's fate was to have been decided this week. Now he's back in line.
This is the conclusion of Joanne Cordova's story. For part one, see www. westword.com.
A technicality stalls the state's first decision under a new death-penalty law.
They had guns. They were after drugs and cash. What they got was trouble.
A gruesome crime. A bizarre defense. Can a crusading author reopen her best friend's case?
A defense attorney accused of being disrespectful to a judge is off the hook--for now.
A top DEA informant makes cases--and $200,000 a year--while breaking a few laws himself.
Frank Rodriguez was sentenced to die twelve years ago. Are we there yet?
A judge and a prosecutor in Gilpin County are after a new breed of criminals: jurors and defense attorneys.
Should Judge Lynne Hufnagel be benched? Ask the bankrupt cabbies, bullied witnesses and banished lawyers who've tasted her bitter brand of justice.
The candidates in the Denver's DA's race refuse to come to order.
Cher Elder's family knew all about Thomas Luther. The jury didn't.
HOW AN EAGER DA TRANSFORMED A NEIGHBORHOOD SPAT INTO A HEADLINE-GRABBING HATE CRIME.THE HATING GAME WHEN THE ARONSONS TALKED, THE JEFFCO DA LISTENED. BIG MISTAKE.
THE DEFENDANT IN ONE OF DENVER'S EARLIEST MURDERS SEEKS A NEW TRIAL.