Suspect in teacher’s slaying formally charged

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DENVER — A man suspected of killing a popular elementary school teacher appeared in court Wednesday where he was formally charged with first degree murder.

Prosecutors say Ryan Miller, 27, shot Andrea Roan as she was driving away from her Congress Park home on Dec. 16.

She was apparently on her way to work at Alsup Elementary School in Commerce City.

Sources say Roan, 27, had recently broken off a short relationship with Miller who was also arrested earlier this month for domestic violence.

The Denver City Attorney’s office asked the judge to require Miller to wear a GPS tracking device to alert a monitoring company when Miller was too close to Roan.  But the device was removed after the case was transferred to the Denver DA.

Miller’s friend, Richard Leavitt, 27, is charged with being an accessory for allegedly driving Miller to and from Roan’s apartment, and then helping to hide the murder weapon after the shooting.

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