Man charged with murder in shooting death of homeless person over marijuana
DENVER — A Louisiana man has been charged in the shooting death of a homeless man in early November, the Denver District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
Makhail Anthony Purpera, 29, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated robbery.
The district attorney’s office said that on or about Nov. 5, Purpura shot and killed 54-year-old Wayland Busby while trying to steal marijuana and other belongings from him.
Busby was living in a tent near South Platte River Drive and West Dartmouth Avenue when his body was discovered by a Denver Parks ranger who was conducting a routine check of the area.
Purpera is in custody at the Denver Detention Center. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 23.
The district attorney’s office said Purpera was also wanted in Gonzales, La., for two counts of attempted murder in connection with an August shooting.