2 more arrests in shooting over unpaid debt

Posted at 1:43 PM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 15:43:19-04

Two more people have been arrested in the shooting death of a man who apparently loaned the wrong people some money.

Donald Johnson arranged to meet Nick Vandervoort, 19, in the early morning hours of Sept. 16 because Vandervoort owed him money, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman with the Denver District Attorney's Office.

They met outside the King Soopers in the area of south Sheridan Boulevard and West Dartmouth Avenue in Denver. 

Johnson was then shot multiple times and taken to a hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Nick Vandervoort, 19, was arrested in Louisiana the next day. He's charged with first-degree murder.

Now Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has formally charged two more people in connection with the shooting -- Dante Rodriguez, 19, and Alexis Ellis, 20. Rodriguez and Ellis are both charged with one count of first-degree murder.

"The charges allege that Rodriguez and Ellis accompanied Vandervoort to a meeting with the victim on September 16, 2015, and that instead of paying the victim money that was owed, they shot and killed him," the Denver District Attorney's Office said.

Rodriguez and Ellis were arrested over the weekend. They are being held without bond, prosecutors said.