Approximately 20 individuals between the ages of 16 and 21 attended the Longmont house party. Investigators claim that many of the partygoers were drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana throughout the night. Eventually, a fight broke out between several of the youths, but the cause of the fight is not clear at this time.
The fight moved outside of the residence, and it purportedly escalated to the point where three individuals were stabbed. A 17-year-old and an 18-year-old were taken to the hospital in serious condition, and a 19-year-old tragically died at the scene. The suspect allegedly left the party, and he was arrested later at a local Walmart and charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Eyewitness testimony can be viable evidence, but it is not necessarily the most reliable form of evidence. Since the Colorado investigators claim that many of the witnesses at the party were under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, then their testimony may be further compromised. In this event, the prosecution may elect not to use much of the eyewitness testimony for fear that it may be successfully confronted by the defense. Without that evidence, enough doubt may exist to affect the outcome of the man’s criminal proceedings in his murder trial.
Source: CBS Denver,
Police Arrest 20-Year-Old Man After Stabbing At Longmont House Party, No author, Jan. 13, 2014