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 >>
This week's feature, "The Old Boys," explores an emerging quandary in the criminal justice arena. Colorado has 51 state inmates serving life without parole for crimes committed when they were under eighteen -- and thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision declaring such sentences unconstitutional, t ... 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 >>
We've known since 2010 that the senseless slaying of sixteen-year-old Alicia Martinez was allegedly followed by a horrific attempt at body disposal by accused killer Edward Timothy Romero. But the info emerging from the trial of Francesca Pagliasotti, charged with helping to cover up the crime, is e ... 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 >>
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 >>
Big pic below.Update: The Denver coroner's office has identified the woman fatally stabbed at 1955 Arapahoe Street early Saturday morning as Annette Taylor, 49. And the Denver cops have also ID'd the man busted for the crime: Ronald Muniz, 63.
Sillemon.Update: We still don't know the cause of death for the woman found Wednesday at a home on the 1900 block of East 35th Street; autopsy results are still pending. But the coroner's office has identified her as Denetta Mills, 49. The man arrested for investigation of first-degree murder ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The Sommerset Garden Apartments, near where the crime took place.Update, 4 p.m.: The Aurora Police Department has released more information about the arrest of Steven Johnston. The details are included below the original item. Earlier this week, we told you about a double homicide at the Som ... More >>
"We were lucky that day": Colorado Department of Corrections Sgt. Bill Nelson describes responding to a 2007 inmate attack on Limon staffer Pam Kahanic (left).At first glance, the idea of tapping into the badly stretched state budget for a few million to open one wing of a new supermax prison ... 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 >>
James Alan Clark, charged with killing Michael Canada.Homicides aplenty took place in the waning days of 2009, as is clear from our reports about Mile High Murders No. 59, No. 60 and No. 61. The 62nd victim? Michael Canada, 55, who was reportedly killed in his Edgewater home, at 2547 Harlan ... More >>
View Larger Map Update, 3:51 p.m.: A juvenile has been arrested in connection with this crime. Get more information after the original item... More irony in news that the falling 2009 murder rate in Denver. This is the seventh blog we'll publish today about a homicide in the metro area since Decemb ... More >>
View Larger Map There's been a rash of killings in the metro area this week, with the Denver Police Department discovering the fourth a few hours ago. A body was found by a dumpster in the 4300 block alley between York Street and Josephine Street, an area captured in the graphic above (if you have p ... 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 >>
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 >>
View Larger Map An early morning fight resulted in the death of a man found at 1232 West 46th Avenue, a locale captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"). The Denver Police Department has a description of a possible suspect, but neither he nor the ... 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 >>
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 ... 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.
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.