Man pleads not guilty in case of slain teacher

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Ryan Miller, Richard Leavitt

DENVER – A man charged as an accessory to the murder of 27-year-old Andrea Roan pleaded not guilty Friday.

On December 16th, investigators say Richard Leavitt drove Roan’s ex-boyfriend, Ryan Miller, to her apartment near 12th and Clayton where she was shot in the head as she tried to drive away from Miller.

According to court documents, Leavitt told investigators soon after he drove Miller to Roan’s apartment he heard a gunshot and then Miller got back into his car. 

Leavitt told police the two drove back to Miller’s home after the shooting where he was handed a backpack to put inside his car.

The charges allege Leavitt waited for Miller outside of the apartment building and later helped him hide the gun allegedly used to kill Roan, who taught at Alsup Elementary School in Commerce City.

Later that day, police found Leavitt with a backpack.  Inside the backpack was a handgun hidden inside a pair of shoes according to court documents.

Leavitt was taken into custody soon after the shooting for accessory to the crime and released on a $50,000 bond six days later.

Disposition for Leavitt is set for August 20th.

Miller is in custody awaiting an August trial.

by Paula Vargas