Court records and testimony prompted by a wave of inmate homicides at the Sterling Correctional Facility claim that SCF officers have repeatedly placed at-risk prisoners, particularly sex offenders, in life-threatening situations -- and that some staff have even celled deadly enemies together to "te ... More >>
Gabrial Adams, a 38-year-old inmate serving life without parole for his role in a headline-grabbing double-murder committed when he was a teenager, was found dead in his cell on March 9. Although autopsy results have not yet been released and the Colorado Department of Corrections is offering little ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, we told you about the arrest of Thomas Laperch after an arson call turned into a homicide investigation; see our previous coverage below. Now, the victim in the incident has been identified as William Burchett, a 54-year-old musician best known for his work with a local band call ... More >>
On May 17, 2009, The Latest Word launched the Mile High Murder archive. Today marks MHM's fourth anniversary, and as is clear from the cases we've covered over the previous 365 days, it's been a very grim year. Example: Last year on this date, the archive's total was 49. This year, it's 77 -- so ma ... More >>
In more than eight hours of emotional testimony that stretched well into the evening, activists and faith groups seeking to abolish the death penalty in Colorado squared off against prosecutors and other backers of the ultimate punishment yesterday -- with family members of homicide victims speaking ... More >>
In November 2011, we told you about the murder of Thomas Bashline, a sometime trainer for the Harlem Globetrotters. Just under a year later, Draton Mares, 24, has been convicted of first-degree murder in the crime, which took place after a relationship that began more than a year earlier with a Cra ... More >>
As the metro area's attention was riveted on the bust of Austin Reed Sigg for the kidnapping and killing of Jessica Ridgeway, Denver police officers were quietly making an arrest in another area homicide. The latter incident involved a woman who was allegedly stabbed to death by Mike Burnett, 55, w ... More >>
As Denverites worry about increasing gang violence in the wake of Denver Police officer Celena Hollis's murder, Aurora is in the midst of a veritable homicide spree, with at least four slayings since Memorial Day weekend -- and none of them has generated an arrest thus far. The latest involves the k ... More >>
The jury examining the March 2011 slaying of University of New Hampshire football player Todd Walker didn't take long to determine the guilt of Kevin McGregor, the sandwich shop staffer charged in the slaying. Late yesterday, just a day after closing arguments, McGregor was convicted of first-degree ... More >>
Big pic below.When Army recruit Matt Strickland was assigned to spend a month training in Louisiana in preparation for overseas deployment, he reportedly trusted his girlfriend, Melissa Alexander, to care for his one-year-old daughter. The decision had fatal consequences: The tot's dead and A ... More >>
Michael Hancock.Grief doesn't respect demographic boundaries, and the devastating impact of a homicide in the family can be found in all walks of life. On Monday, a coalition of victim groups gathered outside the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse downtown to remember lost loved ones and listen to a ... More >>
Lora Thomas.Shortly after the February murders of Amara Wells and Robert Rafferty Jr. in Keene Ranch, the Douglas County coroner's office, led by Lora Thomas, revealed that the victims died of sharp force injury; they were stabbed to death. But the DougCo sheriff's office wanted to hold back ... More >>
Big pic below.In a month filled with very strange crimes, Lisa Norton's alleged hit-and-swim accident, which killed Gabriel Nielsen and badly injured his sister and daughter, still managed to stand out. And as an indication of the incident's shocking nature, she's been accused of first-degree ... More >>
Near the scene.Update: An arrest has been made in the Trison Mitta homicide at the Sports Station Bar & Grill in Aurora late last month. The suspect, Donnell Littleton, made it easy on the Aurora Police Department. Rather than waiting for officers to chase him down, he surrendered to authori ... More >>
Near the scene.Update: The Denver coroner's office has identified the man found dead in a house on the 100 block of North Stuart Street as Ronald Ford, 63. "The cause of death is blunt force trauma to the head," reads an office release. "The manner of death is homicide." Look below for our ... More >>
9NewsMichael Pinkus.Update: On October 15, Aurora Police investigating a home robbery tracked down a suspect at the Crestwood Suites on East Evans -- and subsequently discovered the body of Michael Pinkus, 51, who owned the home in question. Now, the APD has arrested three men -- Steven Bass ... More >>
CBS4Colorado Springs Police haven't ID'd the woman and two teens found dead yesterday in cases being investigated as homicides. But the residence in question was reportedly occupied by the Ogdens: parents Tommy and Rene, kids Olivia and Chase. And in a Reunion.com post, Rene portrayed their l ... More >>
From Channel 31 coverage.What started out as a friendly barbecue erupted in chaos and confusion yesterday. The Denver Police Department says it responded to reports of shots fired to find a dead man, reportedly ID'd by family as Daniel Alderte, and a second man holding a gun he didn't drop u ... More >>
Andrew Szeremy is accused of having very young blood on his hands.On May 17, 2009, Westword launched Mile High Murder, a blog category tracking homicide in the seven county Denver/Boulder area. We thought the tragedies during year one had ended at ninety, with the death of elderly Charlene C ... More >>
Portrait of the young Dog as a convicted murderer.Those of you who decided to spend your Monday evening watching the final episodes of 24 and Law and Order are probably kicking yourselves over skipping the E! True Hollywood Story portrait of local legend Dog the Bounty Hunter -- as well you s ... More >>
Stan Garnett's playing hardball.In an April post announcing his intention to challenge Colorado Attorney General John Suthers at the polls this November, Boulder district attorney Stan Garnett focused on issues like watching out for consumers, championing the environment and crafting a workab ... More >>
Staci Griffin and her husband died together yesterday.On May 17, 2009, Westword launched Mile High Murder, a blog category tracking homicide in the seven-county Denver/Boulder metro area. Over the next year, we wrote about ninety different murders -- all of them shocking in their own way. On ... More >>
Daryll Glenn Brown, allegedly a terrible former spouse.On December 30, a woman was found dead in her home at 14192 W. 4th Avenue in Jefferson County, an area captured in the graphic on view below (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"). The victim was subsequently id ... More >>
There's not enough booze in the world to make Joseph Trujillo forget what happened this morning.Stories of alleged neglect don't get much more horrific than the one related by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in relation to Joseph Trujillo, 23. Shortly after midnight, according to the J ... More >>
View Larger Map We still don't know the name of the seventeen-year-old male arrested in connection with a January 3 homicide near 4th Avenue and Utica Street, an area captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"). But the Denver Coroner's Office has i ... More >>
Yan de Yang is behind bars, not the burners.Yan de Yang, the owner of Chopsticks & sushi at 1630 Welton Street, is now behind bars -- not the burners.He's being held without bail on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Lloyd Running Bear II, who was slain ... More >>
Nadine Nicole Montoya. The investigation into the hit-and-run death of Lilian Verdonkschot, 49, has gone through several permutations since the incident took place on May 29. Dawn Marie Gonzales was taken into custody in connection with the crime, only to be subsequently released -- and afterward, ... More >>
View Larger Map Yesterday, the Denver Police Department released preliminary information about a homicide at 1232 West 46th Avenue, a locale captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"). Today, the Denver Coroner's Office has identified the victim: ... More >>
Jacob Medina. The Denver Police Department is offering a reward, and releasing more information, about the murder of Jacob Medina, whose body was found in a field at the intersection of Arizona Avenue and Pecos Street on May 31. Apparently, Medina was at a party nearby when a fight took place, inj ... More >>
Kotch Ouellette. In April, Aurora Police Department officers responded to a domestic-violence call involving Kotch Ouellette, 38. His girlfriend, 45-year-old Jennifer Sheppard, had been struck in the head during the altercation in question, but she refused medical treatment -- only to be found dead ... More >>
Ivory Mefford. Yesterday, the Denver Coroner's Office identified the victim in a homicide at the 3100 block of North Franklin as Ivory Mefford, 28. Now, the DPD has released a photo of Mefford, who appears to have had a brush with the law in the past (the image here doesn't look like a senior pictu ... More >>
A bill to abolish the death penalty in Colorado passed the House by a single vote today. HB 1274, which would use the cost savings of eliminating the death penalty to fund a cold case unit, is on its way to the state Senate. The vote was 33-32, just as close as a preliminary vote last Thursday, whi ... More >>
Jury selection continues this morning in the trial of the man accused of killing Angie Zapata, a transgender teenager who was beaten to death last year in her Greeley apartment. Opening arguments are expected to begin this afternoon. Westword will be blogging throughout the trial. Check back for upd ... More >>
How does DA Carol Chambers beat the high cost of a death-penalty prosecution? By billing the prison system.
A new law reduces sentences for some juvenile murderers.
For the charge of first degree murder, a Jefferson County jury found 19-year-old Michael Tate not guilty yesterday in the death of Steven Fitzgerald, but not because of Tate’s insanity defense. Tate’s relief was short-lived, however, because in the judge’s next breath she read the guilty verdi ... More >>
This cover story in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine is a lengthy but surprisingly slipshod examination of the Robert Charles Browne case, the former tree farmer who claims to be one of the most prolific serial killers in history, with 48 victims scattered across the country. The piece, by Chip ... More >>
CU is keeping tabs on Colorado's cold cases.
Oscar Paniagua fled Denver -- but he didn't escape a death sentence.
A judge deals a blow to the felony-murder law.
Women kept falling for William Neal's story. But now, he'll finally take the fall.
They lived -- and some of them died -- in small towns on the plains of Colorado, Texas and Kansas. They had one woman in common.
Bones can tell a story--and forensic anthropologist Diane France keeps digging for the truth.
A gruesome crime. A bizarre defense. Can a crusading author reopen her best friend's case?
The jurors in the Thomas Luther trial band together to work for the death penalty.
THE DEFENDANT IN ONE OF DENVER'S EARLIEST MURDERS SEEKS A NEW TRIAL.