A man charged with murder in connection with a slaying at an East Colfax Motel in late 2009 has pleaded guilty, according to court records.
Darrius Dayvon Turner, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder at a hearing this month, records show, and is due in court Thursday for a sentencing hearing.
Turner had faced multiple charges, including first-degree murder and kidnapping stemming from the Dec. 29, 2009, slaying of Kendrick Williams, 25, at the Riviera Motel.
One of Turner’s co-defendants, Riley Godfrey, 29, is scheduled to go on trial in July after several delays. A third co-defendant, Marquesa Johnson, 23, pleaded guilty in January 2011 to being an accessory to a crime, a Class 4 felony, in exchange for prosecutors dropping 12 other charges against her. As part of the plea, Johnson is required to testify truthfully against Godfrey and Turner.
According to an arrest affidavit filed against Turner, a woman who was staying at the motel with Williams that night told police Godfrey shot Williams after Godfrey, Turner and Johnson broke into the room.
Williams hid in a bathroom but Godfrey and Turner broke the door down and Godfrey took the gun from Turner and shot Williams, the woman told police.
It wasn’t clear from the affidavit exactly what started the dispute that night.
Godfrey told police the three were on Colfax in search of marijuana when they met up with Williams, whom one of them knew, and the group tried to buy drugs together but failed. Williams and Turner then got into an argument that escalated at the motel.
A witness told police Godfrey and Turner were in the area that night selling crack cocaine when they met with Williams.
Godfrey and Turner have been in the Arapahoe County Jail since their arrests a short time after the shooting.