The Mesa County Coroner has released the identity of the victim of last night’s homicide in the 400 Block of 28 ¼ Road. The Coroner’s release can be found here.
The two men arrested in connection with the homicide can now be identified, as well.
Richard Byrd, age 48, of Grand Junction, was arrested shortly after 7:00am in the 2700 Block of B ½ Road, without incident.
Also arrested was Rufus Billups, age 41, of Grand Junction. Billups was taken into custody shortly before 6:00am this morning in the 2900 Block of Bunting Avenue, without incident.
Both men are in the custody of the Mesa County Jail on charges of Murder in the First Degree and Felony Menacing. The booking photos for Byrd and Billups will not yet be released, pending additional witness interviews. The arrest affidavits for both subjects have been sealed.
Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (970)241-STOP, or call non-emergency dispatch at (970)242-6707.