DAILYKENN.com -- A 40-year-old male is under arrest after allegedly murdering a 21-year-old woman.
Reports say the suspect was recently released early from prison due to COVID-19 concerns. He allegedly killed Heather Perry within a month of his release.
Perry died of a gunshot wound. Her accused killer, Cornelius Haney, is being held for investigation of first- and second-degree murder.
According to denver.cbslocal.com ▼
Perry’s body was discovered in an alleyway in east Denver on May 9. Police used surveillance video to track Haney back to the crime scene.
Haney was released early from his seven year sentence after pleading guilty to armed robbery in Arapahoe County in June of 2016. Though qualified for parole, Haney’s mandatory release date wasn’t scheduled until August of 2020.
From 9news.com ▼
The woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and DPD announced that she had died a few hours later. She was identified Tuesday as 21-year-old Heather Perry.
Officers processing the scene located a spent cartridge casing, suspected blood and clothing according to the probable cause statement released by DPD.
Officers reviewing surveillance video taken near the alley, followed Haney's tracks as he walked down the alley, got into an altercation with the victim, and leave the alley toward East Colfax Avenue, according to the statement.
In the video, officers also saw what could possibly be a firearm in Haney's left hand, according to the statement.
Upon reviewing video from the Motel 9, officers saw Haney remove his jacket and place it in the dumpster in front of the motel, according to the statement.
Using the High Activity Location Observation (HALO) camera in the area, officers spotted video of two suspects leaving a stairwell at 8405 East Colfax Avenue that only accesses two rooms at the Westerner Motel, according to the statement.
Using surveillance video in the area and HALO camera footage, police were able to locate Haney inside a nearby motel, according to the statement.
Police responded to the Westerner Motel, to conduct an interview with the occupants of a room where they believed Haney to be staying, according to the statement.
Police found Haney hiding inside the bathroom with what officers suspected to be cocaine inside the toilet.
No information regarding the circumstances of the shooting have been released.
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