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Stephvon Atencio, James Dominguez-Castor busted in slaying of elderly Lakewood man (43)

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Stephvon Atencio's red eyes in his booking photo suggests that he'd been crying some time before the image was snapped.

Presumably, those close to an elderly Lakewood man were shedding tears, too, but for a very different reason. The man was found dead in a trailer on Saturday -- after which Atencio, twenty, and James Cameron-Dominguez, 22, were arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. Continue for details and lots of photos, including plenty Atencio took of himself.

Atencio's Facebook page features a large collection of selfies, most of them of the mirror-in-the-bathroom variety. Here's one example....

...and another.... ...as well as a minor variation on the theme: The latest photo of Atencio displays considerably less bravado, and that's understandable under the circumstances.

At about 9:40 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, according to the Lakewood Police Department, officers charged with conducting a welfare check arrived at a residence on the 1500 block of Depew Street, an area captured in the following interactive graphic; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

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Inside, they found the body of an elderly male; he hasn't been identified yet pending contact with his relatives. And while they didn't immediately know the cause of death, they quickly came to the conclusion that a person or persons had taken his life.

Continue for more about the arrest of Stephvon Atencio and James Dominguez-Castor, including additional photos. Thus far, no details about how the man died have been released pending the results of an autopsy. In the meantime, police attention shifted to Atencio and Dominguez-Castor.

They're described as acquaintances of the man.

The pair were subsequently arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

They were then transported to Jefferson County Jail and scheduled to make their first court appearances this week.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to phone the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111. Our condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of the victim.

Here's a mug shot of Dominguez-Castor, followed by a larger look at the Atencio image above.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Murder victim found on blood-splattered bridge in Aurora (42)."

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