Dexter Lewis target of death penalty bid for Fero's killing, affidavit describes horrific scene

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Update: Earlier this week, after Joseph and Lynell Hill pleaded guilty in the murder of five people at Fero's Bar & Grill (see our previous coverage below), observers speculated that pressure was building on Dexter Lewis, also charged in the case, to make a deal as well. But that may never have been an option. The Denver District Attorney's Office is seeking the death penalty for Lewis -- the first time it has done so in more than a decade. An original arrest affidavit argues for such prosecution via a vivid depiction of a horrific crime. Continue to see the document and more.

The affidavit is in the name of Joseph Hill, but Denver DA's office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough tells us it's otherwise identical to the one for Lewis.

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The scene of the crime.
Early on the morning of October 17, according to the doc's narrative, Denver police arrived at Fero's, 357 South Colorado Boulevard, after firefighters had already entered the premises and found five bodies later identified as Daria Pohl, Young Fero, Ross Richter, Teresa Beesley and Kellene Fallon. The victims were removed from the structure and placed on the sidewalk area in front of the business as the fire was addressed.

Investigators quickly determined that the blaze had been intentionally set, with an accelerant having been used to feed it.

There was evidence aplenty inside, but what really broke open the case was a call from an informant. The man is unidentified in the affidavit, but at a status hearing yesterday, he was divulged to be Demarea Harris, who turns out to have been both a friend of Joseph Hill and Lewis, as well as an informant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

That Harris has been publicly identified in such a violent case at this stage qualifies as a surprise, especially given a subsequent revelation from the affidavit: He told police that he was on the scene when the killings took place. Moreover, he maintains that what may have seemed like a robbery gone wrong was actually a semi-targeted assassination in which theft was more a byproduct than a primary motive.

Harris told cops he'd gone to Fero's with Lewis and the Hills, traveling there in a vehicle that had contained a couple of masks -- one depicting Iron Man, the other the Incredible Hulk, 7News reports.

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The courtroom where yesterday's hearing took place.
Upon their arrival, Harris said the Hills stayed in the car while he and Lewis went inside, ordered some food and shot some pool. He added that Lewis was apparently familiar with two of the women -- Fero, the venue's owner, among them -- and was mad at them for "reasons that [he] was unclear about," the document states. In court yesterday, though, Harris testified that Fero had once kicked Lewis out of the bar, and the other woman had expelled him and his girlfriend from their apartment.

A short time later, Harris said he went to the bathroom, and when he returned, the Hills were inside, disguised by the masks, and the five other people in the bar were on the floor, being held at gunpoint. Joseph demanded identification and credit cards, and when the male patron -- Richter -- "appeared to refuse to comply," he became upset and used a knife also in his possession to stab him several times in the back and side. He then allegedly gave the knife to Lewis, who stabbed two of the women on the floor, with Joseph joining in and helping to stab the others to death as well.

Continue for more about the decision to charge Dexter Lewis with the death penalty for the Fero's Bar & Grill murders, including more photos, videos and documents.


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Caniggia
Caniggia

All of those involved should face death penalty I have no doubt they're all as guilty

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Dexter Lewis looks awfully close to the actor who played the elder son on the Cosby Show ....

Is this one of those, 'Where are they Now ?', productions ???

Half Aspen
Half Aspen

Kyle, I didn't say "lynch that ***" because it would make no difference the color of his skin. A rope knows no race. He's a cold-blooded piece of shit murderer who deserves no compassion whatsoever.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Death is NOT a Penalty.

Think about it.

Nate Droll
Nate Droll

we should all throw in on an ass rape the hill brothers fund, money will be donated to the families of any prisoner who ass rapes the hell out of them

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Why isn't that racist, Black-Klan-Leader Al Sharpton,

 speaking on behalf of these victims ???

Damn shame !.....

Disgusting !.....

JuanLeg
JuanLeg

If these shooters were white and there was a lone black victim, THIS WOULD BE A HATE-CRIME, according to national media !!!

Instead, we are left w/ a BLATANT example of REVERSE RACISM !!! 

WTF PEOPLE ???!!! Yes we have 'made our own beds' w/ this issue BUT, what's it going to take to permanently correct this ongoing PATHETIC situation ???

Meanwhile, 'our' country's leaders continue to .............,while 'it's' people are distracted ???......

JuanLeg
JuanLeg

Isn't it AWESOME how the Hill brothers have teamed up w/ the Denver D.A. , in an effort to murder Dexter Lewis ???

The Denver District Attorneys Office ;

Bringing families TOGETHER !.....

Rachelle Love TenBrink
Rachelle Love TenBrink

Thanks nick I read about it, I still wish they got they death penalty. But hopefully they get beat up and ass raped for the rest of their sorry lives

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This senseless & HORRIFIC crime has brought another matter to my immediate attention .

With the 'closing' of the 3rd World Country, formally known as Detroit, shouldn't we be discussing the states border issues ? I'm FAR MORE CONCERNED about those migrating west than I am of those coming from the south . At least the latter seeks EMPLOYMENT !!! Not more AMMO as would most likely be the case w/ those leaving Michigan behind !......

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Yet, I have no desire to use the 'N' bomb in this circumstance . Why ? I don't support separation between this country's citizens, while 'our' Gov COUNTS ON IT, as a distraction to continue their illegal activities !!!!

While at the same time, I MUST pose the question to ALL who 'pyrotested' recently, demanding civil rights for African Americans, why aren't they parading for these victims ? Why is the Zimmerman case a 'Hate-Crime' & this is NOT ? PLEASE, EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCE !!!???

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Why didn't the 'MEDIA' turn this into a hate-crime as was done in Florida ? The 16th Street Mall would look like a war-zone ! If only white people knew how to apply the 'pyro' in 'PYROTEST' !!!

Greg Turner
Greg Turner

Gee, Westword, you can't find some reason that these youth should should be freed because they're victims of THE SYSTEM or society's ills? What a shock!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Am I FAILING as an American Caucasian, because I choose NOT to burn down or destroy my city, (Ooops, I mean protest), each time a fellow white citizen falls victim of a crime by an alleged, African American ????

Brian Aldrich
Brian Aldrich

I used to live not far from this place when it happened...good to see justice being served! Fuck these guys!

JuanLeg
JuanLeg

@Brian Aldrich  

I peed in a place where Elvis once enjoyed a tall glass of lemon-aide ......

quailoa33
quailoa33

these niggers yes I said it NIGGERS!!!!!   should be drug through through the streets and raped by men with aids for 199 miles and then allowed to live but have that happen every other day until they die.  I knew TB and she was a very smart business woman and friend who just moved here to run her own bar.  If I see these bastards I will personally kill them

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