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At that point, Harris said he ran out the back door while the men were pouring alcohol on the bodies; that was apparently the accelerant suspected by the arson squad. As he fled down Colorado Boulevard, the vehicle containing the Hills and Lewis screeched to a stop. Lewis yelled for Harris to get into the car, the affidavit allows, and he did. They then traveled to Joseph's apartment, where they cut and burned the latex gloves they'd been wearing and used bleach on their clothing to destroy evidence from the scene.

They also divided up the money they'd taken from the bar -- a reported $170, of which Harris was given $28.

Afterward, Harris was given a ride home. Once there, he said Lewis kissed him and said something to the effect of "Blood in, blood out," which he took to mean that he needed to keep quiet about what he'd seen.

He didn't -- and the Hills and Lewis were taken into custody at separate Denver-area hotels within hours.

Now, Denver DA Mitch Morrissey is seeking the death penalty against Lewis -- the first time his office has done so since 2001. However, the last time a Denver jury sentenced someone to death was 1986.

Capitol punishment has been in the news of late, not only due to the Aurora theater shooting, in which prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against James Holmes, but also because of Governor John Hickenlooper's decision to grant a reprieve from execution to Nathan Dunlap, who was convicted of killing four people at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in 1993.

ACLU of Colorado Deputy Director Stephen Meswarb decries Morrissey's decision, issuing the following statement:

"The ACLU of Colorado is disappointed by Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey's decision to pursue the death penalty in this case. The death penalty is immoral, unjust, and expensive, and every execution and death warrant perpetuates an arbitrary system that can and does make irreversible mistakes.

"When prosecutors choose to pursue death, as Morrissey did today, they validate a deeply flawed system and disregard the substantive costs, both in terms of morality and actual taxpayer dollars, that accompany their decision."

However, Morrissey defended the move yesterday, arguing that the punishment fits the crime. See his explanation in the following 7News package, followed by the complete affidavit and our previous coverage.

Joseph Hill Arrest Affidavit

Continue to see our previous coverage of the murders at Fero's Bar & Grill dating back to October, complete with photos and videos.
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