August 13, 2022

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Oldest Colorado Killer Okey Payne Prosecution Dropped

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The office of 20th Judicial District DA Michael Dougherty has formally dropped its prosecution of Okey Payne, who was 95 when he was arrested for the murder of Ricardo Medina-Rojas, a 44-year-old staffer who died just over a year ago at the Lafayette assisted-living facility where the elderly man resided. The now 96-year-old Payne was found incompetent to stand trial last summer, and in the latest filing, Dougherty concedes that this scenario is unlikely to change.

Payne was formally charged with murder on February 10, 2021, and his arrest affidavit stresses that he seemed cogent and in command of his faculties. Nonetheless, the narrative also includes a number of dubious or flat-out bizarre claims, including Payne’s assertions that he was being secretly drugged in his sleep.


Michael Roberts

2022-03-31 07:12:00

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