DENVER — DNA evidence helped lead the Denver Police Department to identify and arrest a suspect in the fatal shooting of a local rapper outside of the RiNo nightclub Cold Crush, authorities said Wednesday.
Harold Mortis, 27, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of possession of a weapon by a previous offender in the death of 29-year-old Tyrone Adair Jr., the Denver District Attorney’s Office said.
Mortis was arrested Dec. 11 and is being held at the Denver Detention Center without bond. Adair, also known as Boss Goodie, was shot outside the nightclub at 27th and Larimer streets early Oct. 10.
According to an arrest affidavit, witnesses told police there was a fight before the shooting and that Adair helped security remove two men, including Mortis, who were wearing baseball caps.
A witness told police that Mortis then went to a vehicle, wrapped a T-shirt around his head and returned to the club, according to the affidavit. Mortis then allegedly began firing a handgun.
Adair died of a gunshot wound to the head.
A cap that was left inside was connected to Mortis after DNA testing, police said.
A search warrant was executed at Morris’ residence, and police found .40-caliber ammunition that matched the brand and caliber of shell casings found at the shooting scene.