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Like the Worst Dog the Bounty Hunter Episode Ever: Inside Troy Pitman Murder

Update: In March 2015, we told you about the killing of 44-year-old Troy Pitman at his home on Gray Street in Arvada; our previous coverage has been incorporated in this post.

Two people — Leslie Barrett and Billy Scott — were subsequently arrested on suspicion of committing homicide.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Arvada police didn't offer many details about what had taken place and why Barrett and Scott had been fitted with cuffs.

But now, following Barrett's guilty plea and Scott's conviction for first-degree murder and more, the details have been made public — and it turns out the killing came as the result of a bail-bond issue that turned into the sort of episode Dog the Bounty Hunter never aired.

On March 19 of last year, according to the First Judicial District DA's office, Scott and Barrett went to Pitman's home over what's characterized as "a bail-bond issue."

Specifically, Pitman had put up collateral for an unnamed woman who hadn't turned up at a scheduled court date.

Barrett was a licensed bail-bond agent, and she was in business with Scott, her boyfriend, in Scott Free Bail Bonds, Inc. — although the firm hadn't been operating for long.

Indeed, Barrett's LinkedIn page, which is still online at this writing, dates her work as a "Licensed Surety Agent" as beginning in February 2015, the previous month.

Scott's role that day was "to act as protection," the DA's office notes.

Before long, however, the situation got out of hand.

Upon their arrival at the house, witnesses said, Barrett and Scott saw that the garage was open and that Pitman was inside along with his brother.

At that point, the DA's office maintains, "Scott burst into the garage, uninvited, and attacked Mr. Pitman."

Pitman's brother responded by trying to pull Scott off the man he'd targeted.

That's when Barrett produced a gun — at which point things got complicated.

Prosecutors say Scott ran behind Barrett, put his arms around her and his hands over hers, which were on the gun.

And then he pulled the trigger.

The bullet struck Pitman in the back, killing him.

This past February, Barrett pleaded guilty to accessory to murder and menacing.

Rather than entering a plea of his own, Scott went to trial, and earlier this month, a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree murder after deliberation, three counts of burglary, four violent crime counts and menacing with a deadly weapon.

This decision didn't end Scott's trip through the court system. He was charged as a habitual criminal, necessitating another trial to determine the length of time he'll be put away.

And bail won't be an option.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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