Aurora police: Man dismembered near Ronald McDonald House

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AURORA, Colo. — Police responded to reports of a body found on Halloween night in what turned out to be a horrific homicide scene under a popular overpass near East Sixth Avenue and Interstate 225.

The Aurora Police Department said officers found human remains inside a 55-gallon drum that had been set on fire in a field along Toll Gate Creek between I-225 and North Potomac Street about 10:30 p.m.

The focus quickly narrowed on a suspect: Richard Alan Darling. The arrest affidavit revealed the gruesome details.

Investigators said Darling was having sex with the girlfriend of Rey Pesina. Pesina and Darling fought when police said Darling shot Pesina in the head.

“Richard Alan Darling repeatedly striking the neck of Rey Pesina’s torso, which was missing the arms and legs, severing his head from his torso,” the affidavit read.

Darling, 34, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder, Aurora police said. He was being held at the Arapahoe County Jail without bond.

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