Marijuana: Was Carlos Muse's murder thirteenth death linked to medical pot?
After the piece's publication, the DA's office reached out to let us know the folks there had overlooked another possible MMJ-related homicide -- the murder of Carlos Muse. At this writing, however, it remains unsolved, and police won't confirm that cannabis played a role in the killing. Continue for details, photos and video.
The original release issued by the Aurora Police Department about the 2012 slaying makes no mention of medical marijuana.
At about 11:15 p.m. last October 13, according to the APD, officers were dispatched to the 10300 block of East Jewell Avenue on a report of "an unresponsive male that had been found by an acquaintance."
The scene of the crime.
Turns out the person in question was Muse's landlord, who'd gone to the home to collect rent. Instead, he found the man's body.
Here's a graphic from a 9News report describing the gruesome discovery.
From the beginning, investigators didn't believe Muse had been killed as a result of a "random act," and in the aforementioned 9News report, neighbors revealed that Muse grew medical marijuana, and surmised that this sideline may have been the motive in the murder.
Muse had a criminal record, but a very old one: The station divulged that he'd pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge way back in 1997. More recently, in 2011, a drug investigation had taken place at the same condo unit where Muse died, and 143 marijuana plants were seized. However, the bust involved someone other than Muse.
The better part of a year has passed since Muse's death, but despite some leads mentioned early on, APD public information officer Sergeant Cassidee Carlson says no arrests have been made in the case. She adds that because the matter remains under investigation, no further details can be shared at this time -- including whether medical marijuana may have led to the crime, or if police believe the murder was committed for any one of innumerable other possible reasons.
Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to phone Detective Alton Reed at 303-739-6068 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). A reward of up to $2,000 is still being offered in the slaying.
Here's the 9News about Muse and a larger look at the photo above, followed by more about the other twelve deaths cited by the Denver District Attorney's Office.