Aaron Hill allegedly murdered Brandon Goff during marijuana sale (12)
Last week, we told you about a homicide on the 1400 block of Moline in Aurora; see our previous coverage below. In the immediate aftermath of the crime, police shared little information about the victim and none about a potential suspect. Now, however, the Aurora police have arrested Aaron Hill, 25, for the crime.
Big photos and more below.
Investigators believe Hill killed Tulsa, Oklahoma's Brandon Goff, 24, when the latter tried to buy marijuana from him -- the sort of incident sure to incite both sides of the pot legalization debate.
At about 12:32 a.m. on August 21, as we've reported, officers were called about shots fired near East 14th Avenue and Moline Street.
Although the cops arrived shortly thereafter, they couldn't find any evidence of a shooting -- but some presented itself about half an hour later. Just past 1 a.m., a nearby hospital informed the APD about the arrival of two people transporting a third individual who'd been shot. Unfortunately, it was already too late for the victim: He didn't respond to treatment and was soon pronounced dead.
The pair who'd taken the man to the hospital told officers that there had indeed been a shooting on the 1400 block of Moline. Before long, APD personnel found the scene and launched a homicide investigation -- but they didn't release any suspect information and delayed identification of the victim so that his family could be informed about the tragedy.
Near the scene of the crime.
The coroner's office subsequently ID'd the man who'd been killed as Goff. A web search revealed the following booking photo of Goff taken this past December, as seen at the website MugshotsOnline.com:
According to that document, Goff and two friends had driven from Oklahoma to the metro area in order to buy some marijuana, but they're said to have arrived too late to get any at a dispensary. So they called Hill, described as an acquaintance also known as "Rico," and arranged to meet him at a McDonald's on the 16th Street Mall. Instead, the Post reports that Hill led the trio to the 14th and Moline location, where he allegedly shot Goff as soon as he pulled out a wad of money.
How did the cops track down Hill? A search of Goff's cell phone is said to have revealed a number for female escorts that was traced to an ongoing investigation of Hill.
This act of violence will likely be interpreted differently depending on one's opinion about Colorado's growing reputation as a marijuana mecca. Those who opposed Amendment 64 will likely point at it as evidence of violence triggered by the state's embrace of a federally illicit drug and the negative impact of people coming here for weed. In contrast, A64 supporters are apt to argue that regulating marijuana sales is designed to eliminate the very kind of underground drug dealing that ended with the death of a young man well before his time.
Here's a larger look at Hill's booking photo, followed by our previous coverage.
Continue for our previous coverage of the homicide on the 1400 block of Moline in Aurora, including an interactive graphic.