Suspects accused of killing man at Colfax 7-Eleven arrested

Posted at 1:08 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 20:06:26-04

DENVER – Police have arrested the two people sought in the murder of a man that happened outside the 7-Eleven at Colfax and Pearl just after midnight Sunday morning.

David Houston, 25, and an unnamed juvenile are both in custody in regards to the killing of 39-year-old Justin Slyter.

Houston was booked on investigation of first-degree murder, aggravated robbery with a weapon with intent to kill/wound, and a parole violation. The charges the juvenile faces are unknown.

Crime Stoppers put a bulletin out Sunday seeking information on the two suspects, who were caught on surveillance video inside the store.

Houston was wearing a grey hoodie in the images, and the juvenile was in a red Vans shirt.

A GoFundMe page created for Slyter says he had a wife and young son and was killed “in a random, tragic, senseless act.”

He was a member of the local electricians’ union, IBEW Local 111.

“IBEW Local 111 Extends their deepest sympathies to the Family of Justin Slyter in their time of loss. The family has requested that if you are contacted by any Media to not talk to them so that their privacy can be respected. Once services are scheduled the Local will get out information on the date, time and location,” the union said in a statement.

The arrest affidavit and criminal complaint for Houston and the juvenile have yet to be released by police, so the motives behind the alleged killing remain unknown. 

Houston has a history of controlled substance possession and distribution charges and convictions in Colorado. He also previously pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and felony menacing.