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Orchard Mesa Homicide Update 3: Suspect’s Booking Photo Released #GVCopbeat

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Lee McDonald
Lee McDonald

Additional information has been made public regarding the homicide in Orchard Mesa on July 13, 2014 :

At this point in the investigation we are now able to make the suspect’s booking photo public.  He remains in the Mesa County Jail with a $500,000 bond.  Mesa County Jail inmate information, including bond updates can be found here.

Below are some more details about this case:

A witness called 911 at 4:02am saying they could hear someone yelling for help and that someone had been stabbed.  When an officer arrived he found 25-year-old Lee McDonald sitting in front of his home in the 1700 block of Christopher Ct.  The officer saw that McDonald had a large amount of blood on him, from his head to his feet.  McDonald told the officer he had been involved in a fight with a friend and had stabbed the man after finding him in a car out front with his girlfriend.  Other officers found the victim, 27-year-old Nicholas Alan Potts, deceased in front of a home in the 1200 block of Santa Clara Ave.

Officers took McDonald to the police department for further questioning. He was then arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail for 1st degree murder.

 

For information about court proceedings contact the 21st Judicial District County and District Court.

Previously released information can be found here.

Orchard Mesa Homicide Update 2: Identities of Suspect and Victim #GVCopBeat

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imageThe Grand Junction Police Department has arrested 25-yeard-old Lee McDonald of Grand Junction on 1st degree murder charges in connection with this morning’s stabbing in Orchard Mesa.  He has been booked into the Mesa County jail. His booking photo is not being released at this time as the investigation continues.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office released the following information this afternoon as well:

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Nicholas Alan Potts, a 27 year-old male resident of North Miami, FL.  Mr. Potts was the gentleman involved in the incident on Santa Clara Ave. in Orchard Mesa early this morning.  The cause of death is multiple stab wounds and the manner of death is homicide.

 

Previously released information about this case can be found here.

Orchard Mesa Homicide Investigation Update 1 #GVCopBeat

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image9:15 am- Updated information on the Orchard Mesa homicide investigation:

One man is dead from what appear to be stab wounds.  At this point in the investigation we believe the incident started in the area of Christopher Ct. and Santa Clara Ave. with the victim being assaulted.  The victim ran through the neighborhood knocking on doors trying to get help with the suspect following him.  He eventually ended up in the front yard of 1254 Santa Clara Ave. where he died.

The suspect is in custody with charges pending.  His name is not being released at this time.

The victim’s identity, as well as the official cause and manner of death, will be released after the Mesa County Coroner’s Office completes its portion of the investigation and notifies next of kin.

Previously released information can be found here.

GJPD Investigating Homicide Near Pinon St and Santa Clara Ave in Orchard Mesa #GVCopBeat

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imageThe Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened near the intersection of Pinon St. and Santa Clara Ave. in Orchard Mesa.  The incident happened shortly after 4:00am this morning.  Detectives and crime scene investigators are on scene gathering evidence and information from witnesses.  At this time we are not looking for any suspects.

Santa Clara Ave.  at Pinon St. is closed at this time while we continue to investigate.