Although most murders are solved with days in Colorado Springs, several homicides remain on the books because police are running into roadblocks with witnesses.
Josh Delaney, 22, was shot six times inside his 1997 Jeep Cherokee Laredo in Colorado Springs on June 15, 2005. After arresting Carlos Ford-Vigil in connection with Delaney’s killing, El Paso County prosecutors had to drop the murder charge against him because their crucial witness, Rickey Lacour, fled the state.
Lacour was then arrested in January on suspicion of first degree murder in a different 2005 shooting; prosecutors are hoping that Lacour will testify so they can refile charges against Vigil, as stated at LE Most Wanted.
Thomas Kinslow, 20, was outside of his home on Constitution Avenue when he was fatally shot on Nov. 22, 2005. Detective Terry Lantz of the Colorado Springs Police Department is seeking any information regarding the crime. There is a possibility that anyone who has valid information regarding the death of Kinslow is eligible for a $5,000 reward.
Kevin Andrews, 26, was found on Nov. 26, 2005, shot to death after and altercation at Riches Juke Point, located on Astrozon Boulevard. Pete Quick a detective for the Colorado Springs Police Department stated “we have a lot of info in that case, we just don’t have enough information to arrest a person.” Police are seeking any information from anyone regarding the assailant or motive, according to LE Most Wanted.
Renee Whitcher, 35, reported a sexual assault to the Colorado Springs Police Department on Nov. 3, 2006. The very next day, Renee Whitcher was dead after a fatal blow to the abdomen. Police say that her death was not connected to the sexual assault the day before, that the fatal blow that killed her was done just a few hours before her death. Lt. Sal Fiorillo said that they have an idea of who might be involved in the crime, but do not have enough solid evidence to make an arrest. They are urging anyone who knows anything about Whitcher’s death to come forward, according to The Gazette.
William Dieckmann, 32, was shot while waiting at the bus stop at the intersection of Mallard Drive and Teal Court in Colorado Springs. Officers who responded to the call noticed a man unconscious and identified the victim as William Dieckmann. Any leads that investigators have had have not panned out. Anyone with any information regarding the death of the victim is to call the Colorado Springs Police Department or Crimes Stoppers.
According to The Gazette, television dramas mislead people about how investigations work the physical evidence that is used to identify murder suspects. Even though collecting evidence from the crime scene is a crucial part of the investigation, talking to witnesses is how most of the homicides are solved. Though many people saw what happened to the unsolved murders above, many people will not come forward to police to provide information.
SOURCE : Silence leaves 7 cases open – Anthony Lane – The Gazette
SOURCE : Law Enforcement’s Most Wanted