Virtually none are aware of the five friends who were brutally stabbed to death in Denver, Colorado.
The reason, of course, is that the mass murder in South Carolina serves to advance the cultural Marxism narrative that blacks are the perennial victims of white oppression. The mass murder in Colorado contradicts that narrative and is, consequently, ignored by the national media.
In 2012 three black males entered Fero’s Bar & Grill with intent of robbing patrons. Five people were stabbed to death, including restaurants 63-year-old owner. The killers then set the establishment on fire to hide their crime.
The three black males arrested in the mass murder -- Dexter Lewis, Lynell Hill and his brother Joseph Hill -- entered not guilty pleas. If convicted, Lewis may face the death penalty.
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Opening statements begin Monday for a man accused of stabbing five people to death in a Denver bar.
If Dexter Lewis is convicted, he could face the death penalty.
It will be the first time Denver prosecutors have tried a death penalty case since 2001, according to our partners at The Denver Post.
The massacre happened on October 17, 2012 at Fero's Bar and Grill on South Colorado Boulevard, across the street from Target and a Wells Fargo Bank.
Firefighters responding to a fire at the bar found five bodies. Police said they believed the fire was set to cover up the killings and that robbery was the motive for the slayings.
The suspects got away with just $170, according to court records.
Those killed were bar owner Young Fero, 63; Daria M. Pohl, 21; Kellene Fallon, 44; Ross Richter, 29; and Tereasa Beesley, 45. The Denver Medical Examiner said all five victims died of multiple stab wounds.
Just hours after the killings, Lewis was arrested at Shepherds Motel.
Two brothers, Joseph Hill and Lynell Hill, were also arrested. They have pleaded guilty for their roles in the crime. Joseph Hill was given five life sentences. Lynell Hill was sentenced to 70 years in prison.
Both are expected to testify against Lewis.
-- Informant helped police solve case --
During a March 2013 hearing, Detective Mark Crider said Demarea Harris, an informant for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, helped police unravel the case.
According to a search warrant obtained in 2013 by the Denver Post, Lewis had asked his jail cellmate to find and kill Harris, members of his family and others he believed cooperated with police.
He also provided the cellmate with a hand-drawn map of the crime scene, which detectives described as accurate, and a second map with addresses and phone numbers, according to the search warrant affidavit.
The cellmate told detectives that Lewis pricked both their fingers with a pin until they bled and then pressed their fingers onto a verse in Lewis' Bible, according to the search warrant. As they pushed their fingers against the verse, Lewis told his cellmate, "blood in, blood out."
That's the same phrase Lewis recite to Harris after Harris witnessed the killings and then ran off to a nearby grocery store, police said. Harris told police Lewis kissed him and said he loved him and said, 'Blood in, blood out.'"
-- Informant detailed horrific killing of 5 innocent people --
Detective Crider testified that Harris told police he was with the three defendants smoking marijuana and listening to music at Joseph Hills' apartment on East Kentucky Avenue on the night of the killings.
Harris said he had known Joseph Hill a couple weeks and he had known Lewis a couple months.
After partying at the apartment, Harris said he and the three men got in a car and drove to Fero's Bar, Crider testified.
Harris sensed something was up when he spotted an Ironman mask and an Incredible Hulk mask on the floor of the car, Crider testified.
Crider said, "(Harris) made a comment about it being Halloween. There was no response" from the other men.
Then, as Lewis and Harris walked up to the front door of Fero's, Harris told police that "Lewis pulled down his shirt sleeve over his hand and used that hand to open the door," Crider testified.
Harris and Lewis began playing pool in the bar. Harris said Lewis was angry with two women at the bar.
Lewis pointed to a white woman drinking at the bar and said, "She had kicked him and his girlfriend out of their apartment," Harris told police.
Crider also said the informant told him that Lewis said the Asian woman -- bar owner Young Fero -- had once booted him out of the bar.
Harris told police that Lewis was "mean-mugging" and "mad-dogging talking" about the women, Crider recalled.
"I'm going to get them bitches," Lewis vowed, the informant told police.
Harris went out the back door to smoke with some of the bar patrons.
"They were nice people," the informant told Crider.
As Harris went to use the bathroom, he heard the rear door of the bar close, Crider said. He could hear people talking in the bar.
Harris came back into the bar to find Joseph Hill wearing the Hulk mask and his brother, Lynell, wearing the Iron Man mask, Crider testified.
The brothers were armed with handguns, the informant told Crider. The brothers and Lewis were all wearing gloves.
Harris said Lynell Hill was holding the Asian woman down on the floor, while Joseph Hill was running around looking for the cash register.
Lewis was beating a woman on the dance floor, the informant told police. Later, Harris told investigators that Lewis was armed with a knife.
"They put everyone on the ground," Crider said the informant told police. "They were trying to control everybody, yelling about wallets, ID's and credit cards."
"They pointed a gun and yelled. 'Get the tape, get the tape,'" Harris told Crider, referring to masking tape in the car.
Harris told police he dropped to the floor, too, because they were pointing guns at him.
Crider said the informant told them he saw the men stab several people in the bar.
When asked how many times they were stabbed, Crider said, "Numerous. (Harris) used a stabbing motion over and over and over." Harris said Lewis also stabbed the juke box.
According to Crider, the informant said that Joseph Hill stabbed the man at the bar and then he passed the knife to Lewis, who stabbed the women over and over. Then Lewis passed the knife back to Joseph Hill.
Lewis told Joseph Hill to kill the bar owner, saying "They couldn't have any witnesses," Harris told Crider. "(Joseph Hill) went down, slit her throat and stabbed her twice in the head," Crider quoted the informant's account.
Harris told police he jumped up and ran out the back door to nearby King Soopers. As Harris was leaving, he said he saw the three men breaking bottles and pouring alcohol on the victims, Crider testified.
Harris told police he got a call on his cellphone from Lewis' cellphone. It was Joseph Hill calling. The three men drove to King Soopers to pick Harris up.
Harris told Crider he noticed the strong smell of gasoline in the car. Harris told police Joseph Hill was concerned about his fingerprints being on the gas can. The men told Harris they had torched the bar, Crider testified.
All four men returned to Joseph Hill's apartment.
Lewis and the Hill brothers "started destroying evidence… And split up the money," Crider said the informant told police.
"They started cutting up gloves, putting bleach on items and burning items in a small pot," the informant said.
Lewis' girlfriend picked him up and they gave Harris a ride back to his hotel.
Crider said the informant told them, "Mr. Lewis kissed him and said he loved him and said, 'Blood in, blood out.'"
The informant told police he was stunned.
"These were innocent people," Harris said. "If they were gangsters killing gangsters, I wouldn't be here talking to you, but these were good people.”
Police asked Harris why the men pulled the robbery.
Harris told police that Joseph Hill wanted to get money to help pay for a court case his brother was facing. They decided to rob Fero's because Joseph Hill was familiar with the bar and knew there was not a lot of people inside.
One of the handguns used in the robbery was a .357-caliber purchased two days prior at a Bass Pro Shops, Crider said.
Under questioning, Joseph Hill told police what happened, Crider testified.
Joseph Hill told police he went behind the bar and used the butt of his gun to break the security camera.
"The cash register was on the floor broken apart. It was consistent with what Joseph Hill told me," Crider said.
Police later recovered a knife, gun, two masks and a red plastic gas can, Crider said.
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