Man charged with three counts of first-degree murder in Denver triple homicide case

Denver Police are investigating a triple homicide close to Broadway at Ohio Avenue, Aug. 9, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver Police are investigating a triple homicide close to Broadway at Ohio Avenue, Aug. 9, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A man arrested last week in connection with a triple homicide in Denver last month has been formally charged with three counts of first-degree murder after deliberation, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann’s office said Tuesday.

Maurice Butler, 38, was arrested by Denver police on Sept. 6. His charges were direct-filed in Denver District Court on Monday, according to a release from McCann’s office.

The District Attorney’s office believes Butler fatally shot Nicole “Nikki” Boston, 28, Christopher “Little Cowboy” Zamudio, 45, and Jerome “Rome” Coronado, 39, in the 700 block of South Broadway on Aug. 9. Advocates say all three victims had been experiencing homelessness, though a DPD spokesperson said last week they were still determining whether that is true. Police said last week that at least two of the victims knew Butler and that it did not appear to be a random incident.

The incident was a reminder of the needs and safety concerns for homeless residents in Denver.

“The quality investigative work of the Denver Police Department was relentless and exceptional in this case,” McCann said in the release.

Butler’s arrest affidavit has been sealed by a court order. Butler is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 14 for advisement.