Zachary Cooper claimed he was God and had killed the devil in 28th and Adams homicide (19)

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Update: Earlier this week, Zachary Cooper was arrested in regard to a homicide near the intersection of 28th and Adams near City Park; see our previous coverage below.

Now, we've obtained the arrest affidavit in the case, and the narrative is shocking. According to the document, also shared here, Cooper is a recently discharged member of the military who beat an elderly family friend to death under the delusion that the victim was the devil and he was God.

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At 6:46 p.m. on October 15, the document notes that the Denver police communications center received a 911 call from Janet Segura, Cooper's mom. She said her son had assaulted seventy-year-old Peter Morales, known to him as "Uncle Tony," with a baseball bat.

Segura told the dispatcher she thought Morales was dead. She added that Cooper claimed he had "killed the devil."

Unfortunately, Segura was right about Morales. Officers soon discovered his body face down next to a bed, with a broken baseball bat near his head. When a paramedic rolled Morales over, he made another grisly discover: The man's throat had been cut. However, the Denver coroner's office has determined that he died as a result of blunt-force injuries.

Cooper was leaving the residence just as the cops arrived and was quickly taken into custody. He was nude at the time.

Shortly thereafter, an investigator sat down with his visibly distraught mom. She revealed that Cooper had been discharged from the military earlier in the year and had been living with her on and off since then.

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On the 15th, she had left home to run some errands, and upon her return a couple of hours later, she found Cooper wearing a red bathrobe. However, he soon abandoned this garment and sat down naked on the sofa beside her.

As he wrote on a dry-erase board, Cooper allegedly told his mother what she'd already recounted to police -- he'd killed the devil. He added that he was God, reassured her that everything was going to be okay and claimed to be in heaven.

If so, he's changed locations since then. Cooper is currently being held without bond in Denver jail.

Look below to see a larger version of Cooper's mug shot and the arrest affidavit, followed by our previous coverage. In the meantime, our sincere condolences to Morales's friends, family and loved ones.

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Zachary Cooper.

Zachary Cooper Arrest Affidavit

Continue for our previous coverage of the homicide near City Park.


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32 comments
Dave Adams
Dave Adams

How about an article on why MMJ in Colorado isn't non-profit? Why MMJ dispensaries take advantage of their patients? Why sustainability in the suburbs is a low priority? Why politicians are wasting money on their own unethical priorities. Maybe their actions aren't illegal, but they sure are unethical!

Dave Adams
Dave Adams

When did the Westword become a newspaper that promoted hate and killings? You used to be about independent thinking!

Beau Davis
Beau Davis

This has nothing to do with drugs. The Denver Post article states that Zachary Cooper was mentally ill. I love how morons are always so quick to play the drug card.

Marcos Villareal
Marcos Villareal

Sounds like a typical drug story to me. And his last name is cooper??

Jeff Hansen
Jeff Hansen

Well at least we won't have to worry about the devil anymore.

Oblivion Fringe
Oblivion Fringe

LOL at: "Cooper was leaving the residence just as the cops arrived and was quickly taken into custody. He was nude at the time."

Tim Jay
Tim Jay

Damn, I feel for the family! That just sucks all around

mbmmob
mbmmob

Used to go to school with this weirdo he was always a loner and had a funny lisp people picked on him about plus he was really small crazy

John Pinnick
John Pinnick

Maybe because they killed another innocent man and they're trying to get the story straight before releasing any info. Start digging Denver, keep this one alive and pay attention closely.

McShyster
McShyster

@Dave Adams ... don't expect any actual reporting of facts or reality relating to marijuana from Wasteword.

They just MAKE SHIT UP to fit their own delusions -- such as when they FALSELY claimed the ILLEGAL -- under both Federal AND State law -- Hemp crop recently grown in Colorado was "legal".

They are beholden to the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartel Pigs, and have consistently taken positions against INDIVIDUAL private users/growers/sellers whom they libel as the evil "black market".


priscillajarosz
priscillajarosz

@mbmmob His "funny lisp" was a cleft pallet that he was born with. And DOES NOT make him a weirdo. I'll tell you what makes people "weirdos", or causes them to snap,...is getting picked on because your different, or going through life feeling like you have to defend yourself, because these people who picked on him were too simple minded and immature to realize there was no legitimate reason to be breaking someone down!! This man was a star athlete in school regardless of his abuse, and went on to fight for our country, following in his deceased father's footsteps!! It appears, it was all too much for him, and he snapped...let's hope and pray this never happens to any one of us who are quick to judge right? 

christinealling
christinealling

@John Pinnick I have to say that it wouldn't surprise me.  I've lived in 5 states in my life and the police in Colorado, whether they be DPD, Arapahoe County - whichever, are the most corrupt, angry, violent police force I've ever seen--and I lived in NYC. 

gabrielsmith375
gabrielsmith375

@priscillajarosz @mbmmob 

Dude, I actually served with this guy and I can tell you from all of my many interactions with this guy this guy had no kind of mental issues!!! This was drugs for sure!

Seriously
Seriously

@priscillajarosz @mbmmob What did he do to fight for our country sit in an office? PLEASE He is a sick weirdo and he is a coward for killing a weak 70 year old man. No matter how much you try to glorify this loser he is still a MURDERER!!

mbmmob
mbmmob

You're right but I was not one of the ones to pick on him I was actually pretty coo with him I called him a weirdo Cuz he used to say and do weird s#it like dye his hair pink and disrupt class I feel bad for the kid but after reading the Report he beat a 70 yr old man with a bat and slit his throat so I no longer have sympathy for him even if he snapped he did the worst possible thing u can do so he will now pay the price for his actions

priscillajarosz
priscillajarosz

I'm not sure you know who the real God is if you can call another person you know nothing about a POS...I think ignorant and judgemental people fit that description also.

lidianistal
lidianistal

@Seriously @priscillajarosz @mbmmob "glorify"..? lol ok. Instead of being so quick to judge and feeling so entitled to your feelings why dont you look at the BIGGER picture?...the fact that service men experience severe PTSD problems, have higher suicide rates, and are provided with inneficient services to address these problems. Because BELIEVE me your narrow minded comments dont make a change in this world or much less address the real issue at hand. This is just one of the many cases that have occured and judging him and talking about how "weird" he was in high school is just real fckn ridiculous  

mbmmob
mbmmob

THANK YOU people trying to make him sound like it not his fault BS he is sick and he will be judged by God the real God what a sick little POS

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