Macyo January to be tried as adult for killing pregnant woman

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big photos below.
Macyo January was four months shy of turning eighteen when he allegedly murdered a pregnant woman and her husband during a burglary earlier this year. But a judge has ruled that he'll be treated as if he'd already celebrated his birthday.

January will be tried as an adult for the crime, which is thought to have concluded an escalating series of crimes, including the beating of an elderly woman. Could the killings have been prevented had the police responded to an alarm? Details below.

A Facebook page "celebrating the life, love and laughter of Whitney Butler and David Dunlap" includes the following photo....

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...and some very poignant memories, like this one:
My dearest Whitney Butler -- I struggle to find the words. I feel bad I hadn't seen or talked to you recently, but I was so happy to talk to you when I found out you were going to be married. I wish in retrospect I had found the time and money to come to your wedding, or to visit you more often. VA Beach is only a mere 4 hours away, but life always got in the way. You were one of my closest friends at Hollins and I always think of you when I remember our days there. I know if you were still alive today that we'd pick up right where we left off and laugh like we always did. Regardless of anything, I hope you know how much I loved you and valued our friendship. I miss you friend.
A fundraising campaign in David's memory, with proceeds going to the American Belgian Malinois Club Charitable Trust -- he was a Fort Carson soldier who loved this breed of dog -- notes that the couple married on September 22, 2012, meaning they were relative newlyweds when their lives were abruptly taken.

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Another photo of Whitney Butler and David Dunlap.
What happened? On the morning of January 14, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Dunlap and Butler were informed by their security company about a burglar alarm that had been triggered at their home. They headed there separately -- and both were killed as they walked in the door.

Evidence presented at the hearing about whether January should be tried as an adult suggests that Dunlap was gunned down first, from behind. Butler arrived shortly thereafter. She appears to have been kneeling over Dunlap's body when she was shot in the head.

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The scene of the crime.
Regarding that alarm: A previous Gazette piece points out that the Colorado Springs Police Department was alerted to it 45 minutes before a neighbor heard gunfire at the home, but officers didn't respond. Why not? The answer suggested at a February hearing is that the department receives approximately 5,000 such reports about alarms per annum, with a hefty percentage of them turning out to be false alarms.

Which this one most certainly was not.

January was arrested for the crime in short order -- and it wasn't his first time in cuffs. A reported victim of abuse and neglect during his formative years, he's been in and out of trouble since at least the age of fourteen, and he's suspected of having been behind perhaps as many as twenty burglaries prior to the slaying of Butler and Dunlap. Moreover, at least a couple of the break-ins were marked by violence, with a 71-year-old woman having been robbed and beaten twice over the span of a few short months. A fifteen-year-old girl home sick from school was also roughed up in a separate incident.

Oh yeah: In a Department of Youth Corrections questionnaire filled out by January and cited at this week's hearing, he allegedly wrote that he wouldn't have a problem committing murder if he "could get away with it."

That's a long shot now. January can't face the death penalty owing to his age, but should he be found guilty of killing Butler and Dunlap, he could be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Here's a larger look at his booking photo.

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Macyo January.

More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Lonnie White, seventeen, to be charged as adult in Reysean Abram on-bike murder (14)."

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19 comments
jackh1982
jackh1982

I'm sure his "parent" would describe him as a great kid that would never do anything like this.

hutch770
hutch770

Thig Nuggers.


No trust there.

greggor63
greggor63

I hope the ugly punk will rot in prison till he dies. Worthless piece of shit.

pitchman101
pitchman101

As Long as he servives, the rest of his life will be in fear and a living Hell. Either way, no happy ending here. Accept maybe for bubba!

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Charles Greenberg
Charles Greenberg

pull his brain out through his ear, and see what makes him tick

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

the mother needs to be charged as an accessory as she took up with this man and KNEW he had 'anger issues'

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

maybe we run brain tests ?might give us a clue and better justice?

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

Is the word Negro working its way back? I keep hearing it more and more?

Linda Lee
Linda Lee

IN cold blood. I think I would have called the cops prior to going home...  and Colorado, once again.  Not sure why we get the unstable but its getting old.  Disgusting


Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

Oh, so little dumbshit Democrats like Chelly Serna THINKS 'Negro Thugs' WHO KILL a pregnant woman and her soldier husband are what's right with this country ???

Bradley Crable
Bradley Crable

I hope he get's life then executed also....by meat injection by bubba!

Felicia McBain
Felicia McBain

How sad for the victims, but I also can't help but take pity on this kid who was taught by his parent(s) that violence is okay and that life is worthless.

Mike Jones
Mike Jones

wow shame on him and we wonder why?

Linda Lee
Linda Lee

@Daniel J. King IV Who is this Chelly Serna and why are they thinking when their head is up their ass.


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