Broad-daylight murders of Justin O'Donnell, Deon Rudd most senseless prosecutor's seen?
On May 25, 2012, four people were gunned down in broad daylight on Bruce Randolph Avenue -- and two of them, Justin O'Donnell (seen here) and Deon Rudd, died of their injuries. Now, two men -- Marquise Davis and Denzel Richardson -- have pleaded guilty in relation to this tragedy. But what led to it? According to the Denver District Attorney's Office, the shooting was an attempt at gang retribution for an incident in which neither O'Donnell nor Rudd took part, leading a prosecutor to deem the killings among the most senseless he's seen in his career. Details below.
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At about 2 p.m. on the 25th, as we've reported, members of the DPD arrived at the 3300 block of Bruce Randolph Avenue to find that four men had been shot.
Two -- O'Donnell, 21, and Rudd, 30 -- were pronounced dead at the scene, while the other pair -- Victor Casillas and William Middleton -- were rushed to a local hospital for treatment; they'd each been hit in the leg. Meanwhile, officers searched for a pair of armed suspects who reportedly approached the quartet, drew weapons and fired multiple rounds before fleeing on foot.
The scene of the crime.
In the aftermath of the DPD's arrival, O'Donnell's body was left in clear sight of approximately one-hundred onlookers, including his mother. The outcry over this action was considerable, but Detective John White, a police spokesman, justified the action, saying that investigators needed an undisturbed crime scene in order to do their work, and pointing out that vehicles were rearranged in an effort to at least partially obstruct views.
Within days, Davis and Richardson were taken into custody at separate Aurora residences -- and the now-unsealed arrest affidavit for Davis, on view below in its entirety, reveals what led to their arrest.
Victim Deon Rudd.
According to the document, a witness told investigators that he drove Davis, also known as Swift, and Richard, aka G Rue, to the area of Bruce Randolph and York, at which point they dismounted and headed northbound on Gaylord Street. Moments later, the witness heard gunshots and was ready to drive off when the pair came running toward the vehicle, which spirited them away. However, images of men fitting their description was caught by video surveillance at Rocky Mountain Wellness Center. Both of them could be seen carrying hand guns.
Earlier this month, Davis pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and one count of retaliation against a witness, while Richardson did likewise in relation to a pair of second-degree-murder charges. But why did they open fire on O'Donnell, Rudd, Casillas and Middleton in the first place?
Continue for more about the guilty pleas in the O'Donnell-Rudd murders, including additional photos, the arrest affidavits, two videos and more.