Tipster led police to suspects in Denver bar arson, quintuple slayings

Posted on: 4:55 pm, November 29, 2012, by and , updated on: 05:44pm, November 29, 2012

DENVER – A tipster helped police arrest three men accused of killing five people inside a Denver bar and setting the bar ablaze to cover up the crime, FOX31 Denver has learned.

Brothers Joseph and Lynell Hill are accused of killing five people at Fero’s Bar & Grill on Colorado Boulevard and then starting a fire to cover-up the slayings on October 17.

Police have also arrested Dexter Lewis, 22, who they said was with the other two.

The three were arrested after a fourth person, who was at Fero’s the night of the fire, went to police and provided detectives the information they needed to make the arrests.

Several sources confirmed the fourth person had previously cooperated with law enforcement on other cases. This person is not charged in the case and is in the witness protection program.

The five victims, including the bar’s owner, were found dead after firefighters were called to Fero’s around 2 a.m. on a report of a fire.

The victims were identified as Young Fero, 63, Daria Pohl, 22, Kellene Fallon, 45, Tereasa Beesley, 45, and Ross Richter, 29.

Police say they were brutally stabbed and beaten.

FOX31 Denver obtained autopsy reports completed on two of the victims. One woman was slashed and stabbed more than two dozen times, the report said. Another was stabbed at least 14 times, the report said.

The Hill brothers and Lewis face several charges including first-degree murder, felony murder, robbery and arson.  They are scheduled for a preliminary hearing in February.