Ricky Scott convicted of killing soldier Anthony Silva over $200 worth of marijuana?
In summer 2011, we told you about the arrest of Ricky Scott for the murder of Anthony Silva, a Fort Carson soldier; see our original coverage below. Now, Scott has been convicted of first-degree murder in the crime, which appears to have taken place after a fight over $200 worth of marijuana -- a tale told in the probable cause statement also seen here.
Big photo below.
As we reported last year, Silva wanted to re-enlist in the Army, but a bad back made that impossible -- so he planned to head home to Illinois. Unfortunately, his flight was cancelled, so he got a room at a Motel 6 on Paris Street while waiting for his father to pick him up. He was last seen walking his dog.
The subsequent investigation into his death revealed a text message sent to his parents that read, "In some shit but ok. Call me 2morrow." But his phone revealed other information as well. The probable cause statement notes that Silva also sent texts to a phone that was subsequently traced to Scott, an Aurora resident known by the nickname "Tampa." Moreover, a DNA swab of Silva's right hand scored a strike with Scott, who was in the system thanks to a previous arrest.
This clue was supplemented by information provided by a confidential informant, who recalled a conversation with Scott "about the killing of the soldier in Montbello." The source said Silva had arranged to meet Scott, accompanied by cohorts known by the names Bam Bam and Carlos, at a car in order to "purchase $200.00 worth of [sic] Marihuana." But when they went to a rental car being used by Scott to complete the transaction, a melee broke out, with Carlos beating Silva with a baseball bat and Scott opening fire, hitting the victim "maybe four times."
The document goes on to suggest that Silva tried to leave without paying for the cannabis, prompting Scott to shoot him in the back.
When asked about the marijuana-deal angle on the story, Denver District Attorney's Office DA suggests that the tale be attributed to Scott, since the police source attributed it to him. However, she notes that when Silva's body was found, he had $100 in cash and no marijuana.
More than a year after the crime, Scott went on trial -- and while a jury eventually found him not guilty of felony murder and attempted aggravated robbery, he was convicted on one count of first-degree murder. As such, he'll face life in prison without parole when he's formally sentenced on February 8. In the meantime, he remains in custody at the Denver Detention Center.
Look below to see a larger version of Scott's mug shot, a report from CBS4 dating to last year and the aforementioned probable cause statement, followed by our previous coverage.
Continue for our earlier coverage of the Anthony Silva homicide.