HOMELESS MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER OF LODO CHEF
Denver prosecutors have charged a 53-year-old homeless man with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Marlon Casanova early Monday morning in Lower Downtown.
District Attorney Beth McCann formally charged Raoul Lanius on Thursday morning in the death of Casanova, 35, who was a chef at Jax Fish House in LoDo and the Truffled Table in Lower Highland.
Lanius claimed he stabbed Casanova after a fight over a sleeping space outside a bicycle shop at 15th and Wynkoop streets. Lanius told police Casanova charged him after he used a racial epithet. He said he stabbed the man about 10 times in self defense, believing Casanova was going to tackle and punch him. An autopsy showed that Casanova was stabbed 14 times in the face, heart and lungs.
Casanova’s friends, coworkers and employers say he was walking home after working a late shift and say there is no way he would have fought over a sleeping place because he had an apartment nearby. Lanius is in custody in the Denver city jail, according to McCann’s spokesman Ken Lane.