Mile High Murder, No. 9: Jose De Jesus Martinez identified as victim in lethal Emporia Street arson

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The Aurora Police Department has identified Jose De Jesus Martinez, 32, as the victim in a May 28 arson at 2301 N. Emporia Street, an address captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"). Coy Dunn and Douglas Taylor Jr. were previously arrested in association with the crime. Click continue to see mug shots of the pair, as well as recent APD releases about another senseless act during a period filled with them.

June 4 release:

DATE: June 3, 2009

NATURE: Homicide/ 1st Degree Arson

CASE NUMBER: 2009.22005

The victim in the arson fire on May 28, 2009 has been identified as Jose De Jesus Martinez, DOB: 04.27.1957.

June 1 release:

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.

May 30 release:

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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