District at­tor­ney files charges in New Year’s Day stab­bing death

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Noelle Phillips Noelle Phillips: 303-954-1661

A 44-year-old home­less man has been charged in the New Year’s Day stab­bing death of an­other home­less man af­ter he texted an em­ployee of a so­cial ser­vices agency that he had “as­saulted some­one or done some­thing worse.”

Calvin John­son faces one count of first-de­gree mur­der in the death of Teodoro Leon III, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from District At­tor­ney Mitch Mor­ris­sey’s of­fice.

Den­ver po­lice found the 50year-old Leon dead in an al­ley about 9:15 a.m. Jan. 1 near 10th Av­enue and Acoma Street. He had more than 10 stab wounds on his head and face and lac­er­a­tions on his front torso and back, ac­cord­ing to the prob­a­ble cause state­ment from John­son’s ar­rest.

John­son is be­ing held at the Down­town De­ten­tion Cen­ter with­out bail. His next court ap­pear­ance has not been set.

John­son’s crim­i­nal record dates to 2005 and in­cludes a stint in the Colorado Depart­ment of Corrections on a charge of crim­i­nal mis­chief.

The men had a prior al­ter­ca­tion over prop­erty John­son thought had been stolen from him, the prob­a­ble cause state­ment said.

Leon is the first per­son to be killed in Den­ver in 2016. Last year, the city re­ported 50 homi­cides, the most in nine years.

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