Alfred Flores guilty in head-shot murder thanks in part to his chewing gum

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The little things often prevent a murderer from getting away with his crime, as Alfred Flores understands all too well. As we noted in a November 2012 post, one of the key bits of evidence implicating him in the slaying of 27-year-old Manuel Martinez was a piece of chewing gum.

Now, Flores has pleaded guilty in the brutal crime. Continue to learn about his sentence and what he did to earn it below.

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Four hit-and-run crashes in 24 hours, two deaths: See where they happened

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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As we've been reporting, hit-and-runs aplenty have taken place in Denver and Boulder of late, several with fatal consequences. But yesterday (when a storm system rolled into the area) saw an unprecedented number of such crashes: four in less than 24 hours, with two resulting in deaths.

Look below to get information about each incident, including interactive graphics showing the areas near the scenes; if you have problems seeing the images, click "View Larger Map."

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Taria Wilhite-Moore busted for Pueblo murder after SWAT team standoff

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Thus far, we don't know why 21-year-old Taria Wilhite-Moore sports prominent facial wounds in her booking photo or how these injuries may or may not tie-in to the first-degree murder charge on which she was busted.

But there are at least two undisputed facts about the case: Eddie Johnson, 25, is dead, and it took a SWAT team to bring Wilhite-Moore into custody.

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Update: Austin Holford, Luke Pelham face murder charges after beating victim dies

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Update: Last week, we told you about the baseball bat beating of Boulder's Aaron Tuneberg; see our previous coverage below. Now, unfortunately, Tuneberg has died from his injuries. As a result, the charges against Austin Holford, seen here, and Luke Pelham, a pair of eighteen-year-olds previously arrested for the assault, have been upgraded to first-degree murder for what allegedly began as a quest to steal an Xbox.

Pelham, though, is being portrayed as a dupe who was manipulated into taking a passive role in the tragedy.

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Update: Zachary Meints, sex offender, says he was stabbed a second time in nine days

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Update: It's déjà vu all over again. Earlier this month, we reported about the reported stabbing of Zachary Meints, a former youth hockey coach who pleaded guilty to Internet sexual exploitation a couple of years back after he was caught sending explicit texts to teen players. See our previous coverage below.

Now, Meints says he's been stabbed a second time. The claim suggests Meints is being stalked -- if it's true, that is. Here's the latest.

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Photos: Good Grammar Bandit is doing his teachers proud -- sort of

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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There are two ways to look at the Rocky Mountain Safe Street Task Force's decision to dub a wanted bank robber the "Good Grammar Bandit." Either he's proof that our much-criticized education system is doing a better job of turning out literate graduates than is generally acknowledged or evidence of its continuing problems, because the notes penned by all the other bandits suck so hard.

We prefer a glass-half-full approach. Here's the latest, in words, Google Maps and (lots of) photos.

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Charles Wingate, ex-councilman, apologizes for keeping naked, autistic boy in filth

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Charles Wingate was once a Colorado Springs city councilman, as well as a prominent, respected member of the community.

Now, however, Wingate must rebuild his life and his reputation from the ground up. He's been sentenced for misdemeanor child abuse after his naked, autistic thirteen-year-old son was found living in a home pocked with human feces and dead rodents.

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Meghan McKeon cleared of misdemeanor, then busted on felony child abuse for boy's death

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Yesterday saw whipsaw reversals in the case of Meghan McKeon, a Steamboat Springs mom whose three-year-old son, Austin Davis, died under highly suspicious circumstances. First, McKeon was cleared of three misdemeanor accusations against her, to the horror of at least one court observer. But the dismissal was swiftly followed by McKeon's arrest on a more serious charge: child abuse resulting in death.

Continue for the sad story, including photos and details about Austin's dad, a convicted sex offender.

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Police impersonator allegedly pulls over Aurora woman and attacks her

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Few of the police impersonators we've written about over the years have been as frightening and violent as the one described by the Aurora Police Department.

Example? The man in question allegedly yanked the woman by the hair while trying to take control of her car. And he would have succeeded if she hadn't fought back in a notable and painful (for him) way.

Here's what happened.

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Socrates "Chrome" Packer and pals guilty in case of child prostitute he named "Bunny"

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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How easily can vulnerable teen girls be forced into the world of prostitution? An arrest affidavit in the case of a thirteen-year-old dubbed "Bunny" tells the tale in disturbing detail.

The latest chapter? Five people, including alleged ringleader Socrates "Chrome" Packer, have now pleaded guilty to crimes that include human trafficking and pimping a child. Continue for the teen's survival story, as well as the report and mug shots of those prosecuted for their part in stealing a chunk of her childhood.

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