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Marijuana: Was Carlos Muse's murder thirteenth death linked to medical pot?

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Photos, video and more below.
Earlier this week, we wrote about twelve deaths the Denver District Attorney's Office believes are linked to medical marijuana; the original post is below.

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.

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The scene of the crime.
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."

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.

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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.

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Carlos Muse.
Continue for our previous coverage of twelve deaths linked to medical marijuana by the Denver District Attorney's Office.


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17 comments
Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

"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...." Oh, "reached out," you say? I think OVER-reach is a more appropriate term. Sounds like Uncle Tom Hancock and his minions are flexing their retaliating muscle to continually attempt to mislead the public using a fickle press to publish otherwise weak correlations between violent crime and the decriminalization of pot. I suppose the DA is going to start going after video game developers too (Keith Witherspoon case), no? Idiots, the lot of them!

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

Yea but you can't just grow it Ina a crappy apartment building.

Lisa Wiles
Lisa Wiles

You can be a licensed caregiver without having an actual dispensary...

Chad A Tet
Chad A Tet

Starting to sound like the Denver post.

Luke Bochmann
Luke Bochmann

yeah wtf westword some of the crap stories you have been posting lately make me not wanna read your awesome paper anymore...this story is crap and you know it....why waste your time or credit with such bullshit

Rameau Moe Vz
Rameau Moe Vz

exactly.. over half of these stories are about homegrows not real medical businesses. make a distinction pls Denver Westword

chux91
chux91

That was an....interesting read but you could have thrown in most anything as the cause and had the same type story. MMJ was "involved" in all these crimes?? Ya sure at about the same level as the victims using air for breathing and water for drinking. If anything this article pointed out (to me) that the best protection is keeping your mouth shut AND to be well armed within the walls of your abode and being prepared to protect your property. 

Timothy Hutchinson
Timothy Hutchinson

No, it was not MMJ. It was DUMB ASSHOLE. I'm thinking Westword is getting some anti-pot funding.

J Patrick McDuff
J Patrick McDuff

There is absolutely no science behind the claims. So sorry for the victims!

Nicholas Richter
Nicholas Richter

I'm not saying this as a dedicated pothead but these articles about MJ deaths are just dumb.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Lisa Wiles ... there is no license for caregivers in Colorado -- ANYONE over 18 years old can become a "caregiver" if ANY patient names them as such.


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