Affidavit: Baggage claim tag leads to murder charges for man following discovery of remains in suitcases
City of Denver employees found the remains of 33-year-old Joshua Lockard in the Mar Lee neighborhood on Dec. 29.
DENVER — A baggage claim tag led to the arrest of a 28-year-old man who has subsequently been charged with murder after a man’s remains have been discovered in two suitcases in Denver on Dec. 29, in accordance to a Denver Police (DPD) affidavit.
Benjamin Satterthwaite, 28, is charged with:
- One rely first-degree murder
- One rely tampering with a deceased human physique.
He is accused of killing and dismembering Joshua Lockard, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann introduced Tuesday.
DPD responded to the Dec. 29 name after Denver Parks and Recreation employees discovered a black and a purple suitcase, one with a human foot protruding of it, on the aspect of the road in the 1700 block of South Java Way in the Mar Lee neighborhood, the affidavit says.
The affidavit says responding investigators discovered a baggage claim sticker that seemed prefer it had been on a current flight with the title “Satterthwaite” on it. Investigators later realized the sticker on the suitcase was related to a United Airlines flight that landed in Denver on Dec. 21, in accordance to the affidavit.
The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner on Jan. 15 recognized the remains as belonging to Lockard, 33. His trigger of demise continues to be underneath investigation.
Satterthwaite is accused of killing Lockard after which dismembering his corpse earlier than putting it contained in the suitcases, in accordance to the DA.
On Jan. 1, police have been referred to as to an condominium off of South Federal Boulevard for an overdose demise, in accordance to the affidavit.
When officers arrived to the condominium they discovered a girl lifeless from an obvious overdose and an unconscious man presumably affected by an overdose, the affidavit says.
The man was taken to a hospital in severe situation, the affidavit says.
A murder detective working the physique in the suitcases case had coincidentally been assigned to examine the overdose demise case.
When the detective arrived on the condominium, he realized the man who survived the drug overdose was Satterthwaite, the affidavit says.
The detective seen a black suitcase related to the one discovered on Java Way, suspected blood on a chair and desk, trash baggage with cushions that contained attainable blood and cleansing provides that indicated the placement had not too long ago been cleaned, in accordance to the affidavit.
After getting a search warrant for the condominium, detectives discovered an extreme quantity of blood on a sofa, the affidavit says.
Over the subsequent two days, detectives interviewed a number of folks related to the sufferer, Lockard, and Satterthwaite, the affidavit says.
Satterthwaite was arrested on Jan. 7. He’s presently being held in the Denver Detention Center with out bond.
Police stated beforehand they imagine the sufferer and suspect knew one another.
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