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Posted on: January 30, 2020

Charges Filed in Death of 23-year-old Man in Wheat Ridge

(Golden, CO – January 30, 2020) District Attorney Pete Weir announced that charges have been filed in the death of 23-year-old Ervin Spahitch in January 2019. Three males and one female have been charged with First Degree Murder and other counts according to their alleged participation. All three of the males were juveniles at the time of the offense, two are now adults.  Each of the juvenile males has been charged as an adult. The males have been arrested and appeared in court on January 29, 2020. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Marissa Danielle Lawrence, DOB: 8-3-00.

    On January 26, 2019 Wheat Ridge police were called to the 3200 block of Gray Street on a report of shots being fired.  They found a vehicle, a Prius, with its engine running and Mr. Spahitch inside, slumped over. He was non-responsive, and bleeding. According to the arrest affidavit, there were apparent bullet holes in the car and shell casings on the ground near the car.

Mr. Spahitch died at the scene. 

Investigators with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office worked with the Wheat Ridge Police Department on this investigation.

    Jonathan Joseph Montoya, DOB: 11-1-01, has been charged with nine counts: First Degree Murder – After Deliberation (F1); First Degree Murder – Felony Murder (F1); Attempted Aggravated Robbery (F4); Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery (F4); Tampering with Physical Evidence (F6); and four violent crime counts. He is being held without bond and is due back in court on February 12, at 8:00 a.m.

   Jalen Isiah Wilson, DOB: 8-27-02, has been charged with 12 counts: First Degree Murder – Felony Murder (F1); Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery (F4); three counts of Attempted Aggravated Robbery (F4); Menacing (F5); and six violent crime counts. He is being held without bond and is due back in court on February 12, at 8:00 a.m.

   Christian Salas, DOB: 10-16-01, has been charged with seven counts: First Degree Murder – Felony Murder (F1); Attempted Aggravated Robbery (F4); Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery (F4); and four violent crime counts. He is being held without bond and is due back in court on February 12, at 8:00 a.m.

    Marissa Lawrence, has been charged with eight counts: First Degree Murder – Felony Murder (F1); Attempted Aggravated Robbery (F4); Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery (F4); Tampering with Physical Evidence (6); and four violent crime counts. A warrant has been issued for her arrest. 

Anyone who has information on Marissa Lawrence should contact the Wheat Ridge Police Department at crimetips@ci.wheatridge.co.us or  at 303-235-2903.

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