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 >>
The little things often prevent a murderer from getting away with his crime, as Alfred Flores understands all too well. As we noted in a November 2012 post, one of the key bits of evidence implicating him in the slaying of 27-year-old Manuel Martinez was a piece of chewing gum. Now, Flores has plea ... More >>
Last week, we reported that eighteen-year-old Isabella Guzman had been formally charged with murder in the death of her mother in Aurora; see our previous coverage below. We've now obtained the arrest affidavit in the case, and the level of violence it recounts is absolutely shocking. The document ... More >>
Update: In our post yesterday about the troubles afflicting Bronco Von Miller (see our previous coverage below), we noted reports that he would receive a six game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, as well as his surprise presence on the witness list for a death-penalty case stemming fr ... More >>
Earlier this week, we wrote about twelve deaths the Denver District Attorney's Office believes are linked to medical marijuana; the original post is below. After the piece's publication, the DA's office reached out to let us know the folks there had overlooked another possible MMJ-related homicide ... More >>
Last week, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey told city council members that there were "twelve homicides related directly to medical marijuana." He subsequently said the figures were "loose" and didn't all occur in MMJ facilities. But when contacted by Westword, Morrissey's office did indeed ... More >>
Update: Earlier this week, after Joseph and Lynell Hill pleaded guilty in the murder of five people at Fero's Bar & Grill (see our previous coverage below), observers speculated that pressure was building on Dexter Lewis, also charged in the case, to make a deal as well. But that may never have been ... More >>
The Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons website draws attention to unsolved murders, and we tried to do likewise in three posts last year -- in May, September and November. The ten crimes featured in this installment include two of the most famous unsolved crimes in Boulder history: the ... More >>
The senseless massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, which took the lives of twenty children, including Olivia Engel, seen here, plus seven adults, instantly stirs terrible memories of the 1999 attack on Columbine High School. On the tenth anniversary of that tragedy, we assembled a horrific roster of sc ... More >>
Last summer, we told you about the arrest of Ricky Scott for the murder of Anthony Silva, a Fort Carson soldier; see our original coverage below. Now, Scott has been convicted of first-degree murder in the crime, which appears to have taken place after a fight over $200 worth of marijuana -- a tale ... More >>
Last week, we told you about the arrest of Michael Burnette after a fatal stabbing in an East Leetsdale apartment. Now, in the wake of Burnette being formally charged with first-degree murder, we've got details via a probable cause statement on view below. According to one source, Burnette murdered ... More >>
Near the scene.The Aurora Police Department is guarding details of a death on the 17300 block of East Adriatic Drive late last week. About all the APD has issued to date are basics about victim Juan Gerardo Miranda-Hernandez, 28, and the fact that the case is being investigated as a homicide. ... More >>
Larger photo below.Update: The strange story of Robert L. Johnson keeps getting stranger. We knew that after showing up at the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office on a warrant, he prompted a bomb scare before ACSO representatives discovered a dead eighty-something man in the trunk of his Dodge s ... More >>
Large photo below.In January, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office announced that Joseph Trujillo faced a first-degree murder charge in the death of his five-month old, who died alone while he was out drinking. A week later, the charge against Trujillo was lessened to child abuse resulting i ... More >>
Rene Ogden.Earlier this week, Rene Ogden and twins Chase and Olivia were found dead in their Colorado Springs area home. In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, police declined to rule out any possible causes for their deaths even as reports surfaced that Rene had recently seemed depressed ... 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 >>
Full-sized photo below.Eighteen-year-old Logan McClelland has been charged with murder related to a shooting at a Big O Tire store in Monument -- the second high-profile slaying in the community of late, following revelations about Monique Lynch, who allegedly brutalized Genesis Sims, nine, a ... More >>
Robert Wallace on 9News.The Robert Wallace case has all the trademarks of a justice-gone-awry tale. When Wallace, an 81-year-old Wheat Ridge resident, saw two men trying to steal his trailer this past February, he opened fire, hitting one of the men in the head. But the person busted in the s ... More >>
Francisco Murillo, unwilling TV star.Back in March, we shared a photo gallery of criminals with Colorado connections who landed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List during the roster's sixty-year history. But the FBI's Denver branch has a most wanted list of its own -- four murderers and one at ... More >>
Marco Antonio DeLeon's charges have been upgraded.Last week, we told you about a search for Marco Antonio DeLeon, identified by the Aurora Police Department as a person of interest in the shooting of a woman subsequently identified as Dakota Fresh, nineteen. Unfortunately, Fresh died of her ... More >>
Roderick Elias and the DNA on Kristen Kay Swanson were a match.Another day, another cold case belatedly moved forward by DNA. Yesterday, we told you about Kevin LeWayne McKinney, who's been charged in the 1998 murder of Diane Caldwell. Today, it's Roderick Elias, formally accused of murderin ... More >>
Peter Bellar has been charged with killing Douglass Singleton.Early on January 5, a man now identified as Douglass Singleton, 59, was gunned down on the 2600 block of North Leyden Street in what Denver Police continue to insist (despite doubts from many observers) was a medical-marijuana-rela ... More >>
View Larger Map More holiday-season cheerlessness: a December 29 murder at the Riviera Motel, 9100 East Colfax Avenue -- an area captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"). The victim in the shooting was identified as Kendrick Anthony Williams, 25 ... More >>
Bonnie Bergin.Last week, Bonnie Bergin's body was found amid flames that destroyed a house she was renting on West 20th Avenue in Lakewood -- and now, the Lakewood Police Department has formally determined that she was murdered. At this point, the LPD isn't releasing her cause of death, which ... More >>
Velma Lee Gilbert. It had been almost a week since the Mile High Murder count moved up -- meaning that there had been no new slayings in the seven-county metro area since the June 10 homicide of Eugene Velarde at the intersection of 17th and Sheridan. Unfortunately, all good things have to come to ... More >>
View Larger Map On Wednesday, the Denver Police Department announced the arrest of David Cano-Rivera in relation to the murder of security guard Alfredo Gonzalez-Ramos at the El Chapparal night club, 2727 W. 6th Avenue, an area captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, c ... More >>
At the moment the jury is still out in the first-degree murder trial of David Bueno, an inmate at the Limon state prison accused of killing another prisoner. Bueno and Alejandro Perez (who has yet to go to trial) face possible death sentences in the slaying, the prosecution of which is being bankrol ... More >>
An anonymous individual angry over gang violence has been posting fliers denouncing Carmelo Anthony. This weekend, crude Xerox copies were taped to light poles and newspaper boxes in and around the Golden Triangle, the Central Denver neighborhood where Denver Bronco Darrent Williams was gunned down ... More >>
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