Charges filed against suspect in murder of teacher, friend charged as accessory

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DENVER — A suspect in the killing of a popular elementary school teacher was formally charged Friday.

The Denver District Attorney charged Ryan Miller, 27, with one count of first-degree murder. Richard Leavitt, 27, is charged with one count of being an accessory to a crime in this case.

Andrea Roan, 22, was driving away from her home in Denver’s Congress Park neighborhood a week ago when she was shot and killed. Her car crashed into building in the neighborhood.

She was apparently on her way to Alsup Elementary School in Commerce City where she was a teacher.

“The charges allege that on December 16, 2011, Miller shot and killed Roan, a former girlfriend, as she was driving away from her home, and further allege that Leavitt drove Miller to and from the crime scene and helped hide the murder weapon,” says district attorney office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough.

Police say Leavitt is Ryan’s friend.

Miller is being held in jail without bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Leavitt is out of jail on $50,000 bond. His court appearance for advisement of the charge against him is Dec. 30.

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