Mile High Murder, No. 9: Arson leads to homicide -- and arrests of Douglas Taylor Jr. and Coy Dunn

And the killings continue. An arson investigation looking into a suspicious May 28 fire at 2301 N. Emporia Street no longer includes an attempted-homicide component. Instead, it features a pair of murder charges due to the death yesterday of a still-unidentified victim at an area hospital. The arrestees are Coy Thomas Marty Dunn, 21, and Douglas Taylor Jr., 34.

Examine a map of the 2301 N. Emporia Street address prior to the blaze (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"), a photo of Taylor and the two most recent releases from the Aurora Police Department after the jump.

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DATE: June 1, 2009

NATURE: Homicide/1st Degree Arson

CASE NUMBER: 2009.22005

The critically injured victim in the arson at 2301 N. Emporia Street died in a local hospital at approximately 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2009. Positive identification has still not been established. ####

Information released on May 30, 2009

Major Crimes/Homicide detectives have arrested two suspects on 1st Degree Arson and Attempt Homicide charges stemming from the fire at 2301 Emporia Street during the early morning hours of May 28, 2009.

Major Crimes/Homicide detectives have worked around the clock to gather evidence and to identify and locate the suspects. They received valuable assistance from the Colorado Bureau of Investigations Arson investigator and the Aurora Fire Department Arson Investigators.

Both suspects were arrested in Commerce City by the Aurora Police Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team (FAST) and the local Fugitive Location and Apprehension Group (FLAG). Two residences and one vehicle are being searched by detectives in Commerce City today.

Suspect #1 is identified as Taylor, Douglas Jr., DOB: 05.01.1975.

Suspect #2 is identified as Dunn, Coy Thomas Marty, DOB: 12.07.1987.

Booking photos of both are attached.

One victim remains hospitalized in critical condition. His identity has not yet been confirmed. Two other victims who were injured in the fire were treated and released from a local hospital.

Seventeen additional occupants of the apartment complex escaped uninjured, in part due to the courageous actions of 4 patrol officers who spotted the fire, evacuated the building and rescued the most seriously injured victim.

Detectives have reason to believe that the intended targets of the arson escaped unharmed, and that the injured victims had nothing to do with the motive for the arson.

Major Crimes/Homicide detectives are working with Aurora Fire Department Arson Investigators searching the crime scene for additional evidence this afternoon.

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