On May 17, 2009, The Latest Word launched the Mile High Murder archive. MHM recently marked its fifth anniversary -- and while the homicide numbers are lower than they were last year, the total is nothing to celebrate. In year four of the archive, which encompassed the Aurora theater shooting, there ... More >>
Last July, we told you about the decision by prosecutors at the Denver DA's office to seek the death penalty against Dexter Lewis, charged with killing five people at Fero's Bar & Grill in October 2012. Lewis's attorneys are reportedly asking the judge in the case to take capital punishment off the ... More >>
Over the years, we've intermittently highlighted unsolved Colorado murders listed on the indispensable Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons website. Our most recent offering appeared last September, on the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. For loved ones left behind, howeve ... More >>
Today, on the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, families and loved ones of those whose lives were so cruelly cut short, including Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, whose sister was slain in 2002, will gather from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the new Denver Crime Lab, 1371 Cherokee Street. To ... More >>
Update: Adams County District Attorney Don Quick announced this afternoon that Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos, the 24-year-old who called 911 over the weekend, admitting he had killed a 14-year-old girl, is also facing sexual assault charges. As expected, he's facing first-degree murder charges, too, a ... More >>
Michael Hancock.This week's cover story, "The Victim Lobby," examines the victim rights movement in Colorado -- its remarkable growth and accomplishments, as well as the controversy over who truly "speaks" for victims in court or in the legislature. But few in high places speak as powerfully, ... More >>
Big pics below.Like the allegedly marijuana-related fatal crash involving Joshua Wittig, the January 2010 murder of Douglass Singleton, reportedly during a robbery involving medical marijuana, made a big splash initially, then fell off the media's radar. Turns out a lot's happened in the case ... More >>
Shun Birch. A second man, 29-year-old Shun Birch, has been convicted of murdering a witness named Kalonniann Clark in 2006. He was one of three men charged with Clark's killing -- and perhaps the least known. Reputed gang leader Brian Hicks was found guilty at a trial last month. Willie Clark ... More >>
Big pic below.A petition has been filed in juvenile court regarding a 12-year-old from Burlington suspected of killing his parents, Charles and Marilyn Long, and wounding two siblings. But prosecutor Robert Watson still hasn't decided whether to ask for a transfer to adult court. If he does, ... More >>
Big pic below.We don't usually hear about folks accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor -- and at first blush, the charge against Jacquelyn Perea, who allegedly took a sixteen-year old to a party where alcohol and drugs were being used, and gave her marijuana, doesn't seem espec ... More >>
Brian Hicks. Brian Hicks, the reputed leader of the Tre Tre Crips gang, has been convicted of soliciting two men to kill a witness named Kalonniann Clark. The 28-year-old Clark was killed on December 6, 2006 -- just a week before she was scheduled to testify that Hicks tried to shoot her in 2 ... More >>
Big pics below.On December 30, 2009, Alisha Brown was found murdered in the Sixth Avenue West subdivision. The following February, her ex-husband, Daryll Glenn Brown was arrested for her death. Now, Brown has been convicted and sentenced to life without parole for a crime involving a sneak a ... More >>
Larger photo below.It's official: Darold Hinojos has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Joey Fuller. The arrest affidavit, on view below, alleges that Fuller was killed simply for stepping out of his apartment and inquiring about a commotion caused by Hinojos's se ... More >>
Patricia Smith.Cold cases from 1984 in Lakewood and Aurora have just heated up. DNA evidence now suggests that the same person who killed Patricia Louise Smith in January of that year also slew three members of the Bennett family -- parents Bruce and Debra, and their daughter Melissa, age sev ... More >>
Jared Jimenez.Over the weekend, the Denver Police Department shared information about the death of a fourteen-month-old child. The tragedy was caused by injuries deemed questionable enough to arrest the child's father, Jared Jimenez, on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death. It's not J ... More >>
Christopher Hanson.If the Weld County Sheriff's Office is correct, Christopher Hanson, 21, has been a busy -- and bad -- man. He was already in custody on kidnapping and sexual assault beefs. But now, he's also suspected in a murder-for-hire plot that led to the more recent arrest of Jesse R ... More >>
Dean Evan Scott.These days, we're accustomed to cold cases heating up due to DNA evidence of the sort that earned Tim Masters $10 million for a false murder conviction. But DNA wasn't a factor in the arrest this week of Dean Evan Scott for the 2002 murder of Willie Robinson. Aurora Police sp ... More >>
Michael Ciacio, accused of being a bad son.Just prior to Mother's Day, members of the Denver Police Department discovered a scene unfit for any greeting card. Charlene "Chuck" Ciacio, 84, was found dead, and her son, 47-year-old Michael Ciacio, was taken into custody in relation to her killin ... More >>
Earl Ryan apparently didn't like the direction his trial was heading.As the Darrent Williams murder trial was winding down, another proceeding about an event with tragic consequences -- the trial of Earl Ryan, who allegedly shot and killed a two-year-old boy, Noah Crookham, in 2008 -- was get ... More >>
"Some of these cases are even cold by my standards."This week, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office revealed that they'd closed the 1970 murder of Harold "Nicky" Nicholson. Not that the alleged slayer -- Jake Dwight Jones, Nicholson's father in law -- will be prosecuted for the crime. Investig ... More >>
The Denver DA's office says Jacob Garcia makes the worst babysitter ever.Tomorrow, Jacob Garcia will appear in court to answer charges leveled by the Denver DA's office. They are: first degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. Seems Garcia was watching his girlfriend's year-and-a-h ... More >>
Chopsticks & Sushi owner Yan De Yang won't want seconds of this.On October 23, Chopsticks & Sushi owner Yan De Yang was arrested for investigation of first-degree murder in regard to a shooting that took place at his restaurant during the previous afternoon, causing areas near the busy 16th S ... More >>
Stephen Dailey's legal troubles just got a lot worse -- and we're okay with that.UPDATE, October 27: The Denver Coroner's Office has released specifics about the death of Matthew Dailey, infant son of Stephen Dailey, who's been charged with first-degree murder in the case -- and it's clear wh ... More >>
Bonnie Bergin.Yesterday, the Lakewood Police Department announced that it was investigating a house fire last week on West 20th Avenue as a homicide; Bonnie Bergin, 49, who'd been renting the home, was found dead inside. Now, the LPD has made an arrest. Brit Allan Cox, 40, has been formally a ... More >>
View Larger Map Early Sunday morning, Traci Housman, 36, called 911 to report that someone had stabbed her husband at the home they shared on the 2900 block of 23rd Street in Boulder, an area captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"). Presumably, ... More >>
Jamie Moore. Playing some catch-up on violence that took place over the past couple of weeks.... A July 20 blog noted that a murder had taken place 3602 Leyden Street -- but it didn't note the name of the victim or the identity of the individual accused of the crime. The dead man was Jimmy ... More >>
The most resonant information that's come my way thus far today in relation to the anniversary of the April 20, 1999 shootings at Columbine High School was contained in an e-mail sent to Westword by Vicki Newell, a public-policy director with the Colorado PTA. It's a list of school shootings since ... More >>
Only one man is on death row, but seven others are waiting in the wings.
And then there was one. Rather than face the possibility a life without parole sentence, Matthew Davies plead guilty to second degree murder for shooting and burning a 20-year-old with whom he was dealing drugs and guns in Colorado Springs. Davies faces 40-48 years at his December 18 sentencing. D ... More >>
Before 2006, juveniles charged as adults and convicted of first degree murder in Colorado faced one sentence: Mandatory life without parole. Last summer, the state legislature showed some mercy by changing the law to allow "juvie lifers" to at least be eligible for parole after forty years. But the ... More >>
Day five of Michael Tate's murder trial began with Tate's defense team trying to discredit his partner in crime, Michael Fitzgerald, who was testifying against Tate as a part of his plea agreement to a second degree murder charge, which landed Fitzgerald 62 years in prison for his role in the murder ... More >>
Turns out that John Mark Karr wasn't the first person to be fingered by CU prof Michael Tracey in connection with the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. And as this report from New Times, our partner paper in Broward/Palm Beach, Florida, shows, Tracey's identification of that suspect was even more suspect ... More >>
Greg Tyner is a man on a mission.
Donta Page's sentence revives Colorado's death-penalty debate -- but brings no closure. The Conclusion of "Penalty Zone."
With several controversial cases coming up, Colorado's death-penalty decision moves to a three-judge panel.
Until two years ago, Colorado juries weighed whether men deserved to die. Now judges decide their fate.
The truth about what really happened to Holly Andrews still haunts her family.
Colorado’s Make My Day law was designed to protect homeowners who were forced to kill in self-defense. Here’s who it’s really helped.
Two years ago, a deadlocked jury saved Thomas luther from the death penalty. But the legacy of his crimes continues.
She was fifteen going on twenty-five, but three bullets made sure Jenny never saw sweet sixteen
Her grandmother will never forget the day Venus Montoya died. And she will never forgive her killers.
Frank Rodriguez was sentenced to die twelve years ago. Are we there yet?
Cher Elder's family knew all about Thomas Luther. The jury didn't.
THE DEFENDANT IN A FATAL BEATING IN WIGGINS IS ACQUITTED AFTER A SELF-DEFENSE ARGUMENT.