DENVER — A man has been formally charged in the death of a man whose body was found in an apartment fire above a bagel shop earlier this month.
Brian Pattison, 30, has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree arson and multiple counts of possession of a weapon by a previous offender.
According to the Denver District Attorney’s Office, the charges allege that Pattison killed 29-year-old Shane Richardson sometime between April 30 and May 2, then set fire to Richardson’s home in the 700 block of East 26th Avenue, above the Rosenberg’s Bagel and Deli shop.
Richardson’s body was discovered in a closet in the apartment above the deli after Denver firefighters extinguished the fire.
Pattison is in custody in Las Animas County. His first court date in Denver has not been set.
According to arrest records, Pattison has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2005, including charges of dangerous drug possession, burglary, speeding 25 to 39 mph over the speed limit, escaping a felony conviction and carrying a concealed weapon.