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Arrest warrant stays sealed for man accused in Suzanne Morphew’s death

By James Anderson, The Associated Press An arrest warrant affidavit for a Colorado man charged with murder in the death of his wife who disappeared last year will remain sealed, a judge ruled Friday, saying that release of the document could harm the couple’s daughters and witnesses in the case and hinder Barry Morphew’s ability […]

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Former 9News security guard pleads not guilty to murder in fatal shooting of Lee Keltner

By Thomas Peipert, The Associated Press A former television station security guard pleaded not guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the shooting of a pro-police demonstrator following protests in downtown Denver. Matthew Dolloff, 31, appeared with his attorneys virtually in district court in connection with the death of 49-year-old Lee Keltner. Judge Brian Whitney said […]

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Several arrested after spiritual leader’s mummified body found decorated in Christmas lights in San Luis Valley home

By Thomas Peipert, The Associated Press Authorities have arrested several people after the mummified body of the leader of the spiritual group “Love Has Won” was found wrapped in a sleeping bag and decorated with Christmas lights in a southern Colorado home. Amy Carlson, 45, who was known as “Mother God” by her followers, was […]

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Donthe Lucas convicted of murder in the 2013 death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend

PUEBLO — A Pueblo County jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Donthe Lucas was found guilty Monday in the death of Kelsie Schelling, The Pueblo Chieftain reported. He received a mandatory sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole. The 21-year-old Schelling was last seen […]

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Man charged after human remains found in suitcases in Denver

A man who was arrested after human remains were found in two large suitcases near a trail in southwest Denver has been charged with first-degree murder and tampering with a corpse. Denver District Attorney Beth McCann announced the charges Tuesday against 28-year-old Benjamin Satterthwaite, who is accused of killing and dismembering 33-year-old Joshua Lockard. Police […]

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Colorado Springs stepmother accused of killing stepson found trial competent

COLORADO SPRINGS — A judge in Colorado ruled Tuesday that a stepmother who is accused of killing her 11-year-old stepson is competent to stand trial. The case against Letecia Stauch, 37, will now advance to a two-day preliminary hearing where prosecutors will present evidence they say support the charges against the stepmother, The Gazette reported. The […]

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Man arrested after discovery of bodies in San Luis Valley was seen killing missing woman, records show

A man arrested in connection with the discovery of three sets of human remains in a rural part of the San Luis Valley last month was seen shooting a missing 19-year-old woman and leaving her body in a hole, according to court records unsealed this week.  A witness, identified as a nameless confidential informant, told […]

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An eager new investigator proves indispensable in a novel about a Colorado cold-case murder

Award-winning author Donnell Ann Bell knows statistically that crime and accidents happen within a two-mile radius of home. With that in mind, she leaves the international capers to others and concentrates on stories that might happen in her neck of the woods.  Donnell’s novels “The Past Came Hunting,” “Deadly Recall,” “Betrayed” and “Buried Agendas” have […]

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Colorado still allows killers to use gay or transgender “panic” defenses. But the strategy could soon be outlawed.

When Allen Andrade was charged with murdering a transgender woman in 2008, he argued that he killed her in the heat of passion after learning she had male genitalia. Andrade simply snapped, his attorneys said, and shouldn’t be sent to prison for the rest of his life.  In fact, Andrade’s attorneys claimed, he was provoked […]