DENVER, CO (KDVR) – Prosecutors in Denver have declined to file homicide charges against a teenage jail inmate who allegedly beat another inmate to death on Monday.
Now he’s free and wanted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after the Denver City Jail already released him.
Police, prosecutors and jail sources said 19-year-old Ricardo Lopez Vera got into a “mutual combat” fight with 42-year-old William Anderson in or near the shower area in pod H on Monday morning.
The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner confirmed Anderson’s death, but has not released details or cause.
The Denver District Attorney’s Office decision to not prosecute Lopez-Vera allowed him to make bail less than 40 hours after the fatal fight.
The FOX31 Problem Solvers have learned federal immigration officials had a detainer in place for Lopez-Vera, but despite that, the Denver Sheriff Department released him Wednesday morning.
Jail records show Lopez-Vera was in jail for a misdemeanor warrant and an outside immigration matter.
Records also indicate the Aurora Police Department had a fugitive hold for Lopez-Vera.
Aurora police confirmed officers had stopped Lopez-Vera in a stolen vehicle earlier this summer, but said Wednesday he was not on hold for pickup.
In February, Denver City Jail released another inmate who was wanted by U.S. Customs for possible deportation. That inmate was a suspect in a light rail station homicide.