Man formally charged with first-degree murder in shooting deaths of 3 people in Denver

Posted at 10:40 AM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 12:40:00-04

DENVER – The man arrested last week in connection with the killings of three people near a light rail station near Broadway and I-25 in early August was formally charged Tuesday with three counts of first-degree murder after deliberation.

Maurice Butler, 38, is accused of shooting and killing Christopher Zamudio, 45, Nicole Boston, 28, and Jerome Coronado, 39, on Aug. 9. Police have said they believed all three were transients.

Police said last week they believe Butler knew at least two of the victims and said the murders were not random.

They haven’t said what led investigators to arrest Butler for the murders, and the affidavit for his arrest is sealed by court order, so further details about the case are not currently available.

Butler was arrested Aug. 13 on drug charges and a parole violation and had been in jail in Denver since. He was formally arrested for the murder charges last Thursday.

“The quality investigative work of the Denver Police Department was relentless and exceptional in this case,” Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said in a statement.

Butler is next due in court Sept. 14 to be advised of the charges against him.