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