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Man charged with murder in stabbing death of 77-year-old near Cheesman Park

(Photo: Denver Police Department)

DENVER — A 41-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the stabbing death of a 77-year-old great-grandfather last month near Cheesman Park, the Denver District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

Pete Martinez has been charged with one count of first-degree murder after deliberation in the death of Lewis Easterday on Nov. 22.

Easterday’s body was found in his vehicle near East 13th Avenue and Marion Street. He was taken to Denver Health Medical Center where he later was pronounced dead.

Detectives later identified Martinez as a suspect through DNA evidence arrested him Dec. 3.

There is no known motive for the killing, the district attorney’s office said.

Family members were baffled by the brutal death.

“They didn’t just take the life of my grandpa, they took a piece of all of us. So many people, at his church. He was so loved at his church,” granddaughter Dariann Hansen said a week after the death.

Hansen and her husband have turned to Craigslist for answers, begging someone to come forward.

 

Martinez is being held without bond in the Denver Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 5.