Darold Hinojos charged with murder, allegedly stabbed Joey Fuller in frenzy over girlfriend (37)

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 search for his girlfriend.

The account of the crime itself was related by a man who previously worked with Dedra Heyboer, who Hinojos reportedly identified as his wife, although his father later described her to officers as his girlfriend. According to the document, Hinojos showed up at the man's second-floor apartment searching for Heyboer. The man responded by saying he didn't know where she was and pushing Hinojos back into the hallway.

At that point, Fuller, who lived across the hall from the man, stepped from his apartment and asked what was going on -- an innocent enough question, seemingly. But in response, the affidavit says, Hinojos started yelling, then began stabbing Fuller, who subsequently succumbed to his wounds

Get the rest of the details from the affidavit, seen here in its entirety, as well as a release form the Denver District Attorney's Office and our previous coverage of the crime.

Denver District Attorney's Office release:


Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has formally charged a man Monday in connection with the death of a 26-year-old man in November.

Darold Hinojos (DOB: 11-05-77) is charged with first-degree murder (F1) and first-degree burglary (F3).

The charges allege that in the early morning hours of November 29, 2010, Hinojos engaged in an altercation at an apartment building in the 1800 block of Grove Street. The charges further allege that when a neighbor opened his apartment door to see what was happening, Hinojos stabbed him multiple times. The victim, Joey Fuller, was transported to Denver Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Hinojos remains in custody in the Denver Detention Center where he is being held without bond. He is scheduled to appear in Denver County Courtroom 2100 on December 8, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. to be formally advised of the charges.

Update, 9:53 a.m. November 30: The Denver coroner's office has identified the man stabbed to death on the 1800 block of Grove Street as Joey Fuller, a 26-year-old white male.

Look below to see the release that ID'd Fuller, as well as our previous coverage of this brutal crime, for which Darold Hinojos has been arrested.

Denver coroner's office release:

On November 29, 2010, Denver Health Medical Center notified the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner that an unknown white male had been pronounced dead at 4:37 A.M. The man had been transported to the hospital from 1849 Grove Street in Denver with multiple injuries. The decedent was later identified as Mr. Joey W. Fuller of Denver (white male, DOB 12-11-83, age 26) whose cause of death was due to multiple stab wounds to the chest. The manner of death is homicide.

Update, 3:47 p.m. November 29: Mere hours after discovering the dead body of a thus-far-unidentified Hispanic male in his thirties on the 1800 block of Grove Street, Denver Police have made an arrest in the case.

Taken into custody on suspicion of first-degree murder is Darold Hinojos, 33. Look below to see a larger photo of Hinojos, the latest press release and our original item.

Denver Police Department release:


(Denver) On November 29, 2010, at approximately 1:30 p.m., members of the Denver Police Department arrested Darold Hinojos, (D.O.B. 11-5-1977) for investigation of Murder in the First Degree. Mr. Hinojos was wanted in connection with the early morning stabbing occurring at 1849 Grove Street. Hinojos was arrested without incident.

Detectives will present this case to the Denver District Attorney for consideration of formal charges.

Original item, 11:22 a.m. November 29: Early this morning, at the end of the Thanksgiving-holiday weekend, Denver Police received a report about a stabbing on the 1800 block of Grove Street -- one that turned out to be fatal. No victim ID yet. Below, find the latest information, as well as an interactive graphic of the area near the scene; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

Denver Police Department release:

Denver Police Investigate Stabbing Death

(Denver) Denver Police are investigating the death of a man that occurred during the early morning hours in Northwest Denver.

On Monday, November 29, 2010, at approximately 4:00 a.m., officers responded to 1849 Grove Street on the report of a stabbing. Upon their arrival on scene, they discovered a male victim suffering from an apparent stab wound. The victim was transported to the Denver Heath Medical Center where he later was pronounced deceased.

Further investigation has determined that the suspect was searching for a female acquaintance. After going to several homes, the suspect went to the victim's residence. While there, the victim and the suspect became involved in a physical altercation, which resulted in the victim sustaining a fatal stab wound. The suspect then fled the scene. Witnesses described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his mid 30's.

The victim's identity is yet to be determined by the Office of the Medical Examiner.

If you have information regarding this incident, please contact the Denver Police Department at 720-913-2000 or call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to: CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or send an e-mail to If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash award up to $2,000.

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