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Crimes of Violence Archives

Exonerated man awarded $10 million for wrongful conviction

Timothy Masters has lived every person's worst nightmare. Masters spent more than ten years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He was wrongfully convicted in 1999 of the 1987 murder of Peggy Hettrick. Now, the Colorado government seeks to make amends.

Investigation into Homeless Denver Inmate's Death Drags On

On July 9, Marvin Booker, 56, homeless and the son of a Tennessee pastor, was booked in Denver's new downtown jail on drug charges, including possession. The booking process took place in the very early hours of the morning, but a jail doesn't sleep, and neither did the witnesses who allegedly saw how Booker died that morning.

Suspect in Case of Genesis Sims' Death Charged with Murder

About one month ago today, we shared the story about the case of 9-year-old Genesis Sims.  Her decomposing body was found dead in the town home where she had lived with Hanif Sims, her father, and Monique Lynch, Sims' girlfriend.

Denver Detective Fabricated Case Against Robbery Suspect

Denver Police Detective Paul Baca has gone from proving others' guilt in his line of work, to defending his own name. He has been accused of fabricating evidence in order to arrest a suspect in the 2009 Lodo robberies.

Couple Arrested on Suspicion of Colorado Girl's Hidden Death

On May 14, the dead body of 9-year-old Genesis Sims was found in a Colorado home's crawl space. According to sources, the young girl's body was decomposed, and that is making it difficult to clearly distinguish the cause of death. A DNA test was used to determine the identity of the body.

Denver Officer Being Investigated for Violent, Unethical Practices

Michael Morelock is only 30 years old and has only been working for the Denver Police Department for four years. But in that short time, the police officer has managed to stir up some serious doubt surrounding his behavior both on and off of the job.

Colorado Man Who Killed His Mother Diagnosed as Schizophrenic

On March 13, 2009, Mina Weiler, 60, was killed in her own home--and by her own son. Her 21-year-old son, Christopher Benjamin Weiler, was arrested by Colorado officials after his mother's body was found in her house. Her body was badly beaten, reportedly due to Christopher Weiler having fatally attacked her with a guitar.

Denver Mall Sets the Stage for Violent Crimes

The 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver is a hot spot for summer shopping, dining and entertainment. May, however, has brought up a familiar problem of violent crimes pervading the walkways of the outdoor mall.

Study: Minority Kids Treated Unfairly in Colorado's Legal System

The Colorado Independent and members of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar recently attempted a study that would reveal the demographic details of the Colorado youths who are tried as adults for drug crimes, violent crimes and other various offenses.