James Scott Finally Punished for Brutal Murder of Teen Praying in Church

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Someone who knew Martha Guzman tells us the nineteen-year-old was an incredibly sweet and loving person. But 35 years ago, she died several days after being found naked and bleeding in the sanctuary of a Denver church.

Now, at long last, James Scott, a convicted serial rapist, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for this heinous act. Continue for photos, a video, an arrest warrant and details about why Scott's punishment was so long in coming even though he actually confessed to killing Guzman seven years ago.

See also: James Scott, Serial Rapist, Charged With Killing Woman Praying at Church -- in 1979, published in February

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Continental Divided: Our guide to the ten states of Colorado

Categories: Colorado Day

Noah Van Sciver
Is Colorado a state of mind? This state survived last year's secession movement, when a dozen counties wanted to leave Colorado (and, in one sad case, align with Wyoming), but Colorado is still separated by differences in geography, economy and philosophy. In honor of Colorado Day -- August 1, which commemorates the day that the Centennial State became official -- in this week's issue we take you on a trip through ten very distinct states of our state, everywhere from Methopotamia to the Land of Disenchantment to JesusHChrist!dom to Coolerado.

See also:
Fifty reasons why Colorado is the best state in the country

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Arapahoe High School shooting: Lessons from Columbine
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It's one of those phrases that gets tossed around after a school shooting, like how the shooter "seemed like a nice, quiet boy" and "didn't fit the profile" -- never mind that there is no profile for school shooters, other than seeming to be nice, quiet boys. From the moment news of the attack on Arapahoe High School went live on Friday, you could see the newscasters straining to get to one of their favorite platitudes, trying to find something upbeat to say about a horror that's fresh and pointless. Governor John Hickenlooper himself said it on Face the Nation this weekend.

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Photos: Murder victims remembered at annual gathering

Scott Lentz
Family members of people lost to homicide gathered today in front of the new Denver Crime Lab to memorialize their loved ones on the seventh annual National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. Approximately 200 people waited in line, holding posters and pictures, and awaited their turn on the microphone to honor their loved ones. Mayor Michael Hancock, who lost his sister to murder in 2002, was one of the featured speakers. After the speeches, the ceremony ended as volunteers released seven dove-shaped balloons into the air. Our own Scott Lentz was on hand to take photos of the event. See them below.

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Alleged drunk driver runs down pedestrian overnight at Havana and Exposition

Categories: Colorado Day
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The memorial sign dedication ceremony honoring Ah Zet Khan and Za May Khan, two children killed near 14th and Yosemite in a still unsolved March hit and run, is emblematic of numerous disturbing car-pedestrian incidents that have taken place on metro-area roadways of late. And now there's been another one.

Overnight, a man who'd just gotten off a bus was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver.

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Colorado Civil Unions Act to be reintroduced today, activist optimistic about its chances

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Jace Woodrum.
Although Colorado has led the way in the effort to legalize small amounts of marijuana, it's another bill that may just push the state into the 21st century: the Colorado Civil Unions Act. After dying on the legislative floor last year, the bill will be heard and debated at 1:30 p.m. today by the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee -- a welcome step, says Jace Woodrum, deputy director at One Colorado, a statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization.

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Video: Diana DeGette pushes for immediate vote on high-capacity magazine ban

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Diana DeGette
We reported yesterday that Representative Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat, plans to introduce an assault weapons ban on the very first day of the new Congress. But his colleague, Democrat Diana DeGette, is pushing for gun-control action even sooner with a bill to ban high-capacity assault magazines that she wants to see voted and passed this week, before the end of the 112th Congress. See video of her speech below.

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Christian McCracken, Boulder cop charged in murder try, quits before he can be disciplined

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Yesterday, an Internal Affairs Review Panel was set to issue findings regarding Boulder Police officer Christian McCracken, charged with attempted first-degree murder in a case that allegedly involved him stalking and harassing his ex-girlfriend. McCracken apparently realized the results wouldn't be favorable: He resigned an hour before the panel would have lowered the boom on him.

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