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A Colorado man is accused of killing a woman who may have witnessed him committing another alleged murder a few days prior.
Steven Young, 45, has been charged with first-degree murder for the June 7 killing of Charly Lewis, 32, the Denver District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday. A bicyclist found Lewis’ body face down near a fence in an alley in Aurora that morning, just hours after surveillance footage allegedly captured her and Young walking together nearby, according to an arrest affidavit. Blood was running under her face and neck.
Lewis' had been shot in the back of the head and her death has been ruled a homicide.
As investigators looked for her killer, they discovered that the Aurora Police Department had been trying to locate her out as a possible witness to another homicide. An outstanding warrant for first-degree murder had been issued on Young just three days prior to Lewis' death, on June 4, according to the affidavit.
While the affidavit does not include whose murder Young was initially suspected of, 9News reports that John Cyprian, 41, was found shot in Aurora on June 1. Cyprian was taken to the hospital where he died. Young has not been charged in connection with that killing.
A witness allegedly claimed that Lewis witnessed Young commit murder on that date, according to the affidavit. Police feared for her safety following that incident.
Young is also charged with possession of a weapon by a previous offender in connection with Lewis’ death.
He is due in court on Friday. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.
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