Denver man accused of shooting teens in pot-filled backyard facing murder charge


Murder investigation at 2830 High St. in Denver.

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DENVER -- A Denver man was arrested and is being held for investigation of first-degree murder after allegedly shooting two teenagers who were in his backyard, the Denver Police Department said.

The teens, ages 14 and 15, jumped the back fence of Keith Hammock’s home at 2830 High St. a little after 2 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Hammock, 48, had “numerous mature suspected marijuana plants” in the backyard, according to a probable cause statement.

RELATED: Probable cause statement

Investigators say one of the teens called 911 just after 2 a.m. and said he had been shot and his friend was dead.

The ShotSpotter report indicated three shots had been fired in the area, police said.

Both teens were rushed to the hospital, where 15-year-old Keylin Mosely was pronounced dead. The cause of death was a gunshot wound, according to the autopsy report.

The other teen was hospitalized in critical condition.

The mother of that teen told police her son was shot twice -- once while he was in the backyard and again when he was trying to climb the fence to escape. She told police he might be paralyzed from the waist down.

According to the affidavit, Hammock told police a motion-detector light came on in his backyard, and he looked out his window and saw movement.

He said he went outside and found the teens lying on the ground. He then refused to answer any more questions without a lawyer.

When investigators checked Hammock’s property, they found a semiautomatic handgun in the backyard.

It’s not clear who the gun belonged to. Inside the house they found two rifles, a box of ammunition and four bullet casings near an upstairs window that overlooks the backyard, according to the affidavit.

Hammock is being held for investigation of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. His mug shot has not been released because investigators are still conducting interviews.

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