Phoenix Man Charged In Colorado Springs Slaying

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(credit: AP)

(credit: AP)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A 23-year-old man accused of killing a decorated Iraq war veteran in Colorado Springs has been charged with first-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping.

Prosecutors say Rodrigo Rubio of Phoenix kidnapped and gunned down 27-year-old Matthew Moore outside the Calvary Baptist Church on June 30. Rubio is accused of killing Moore during a hunt for drug dealers who sold a former college official a bag of dirt for $600 instead of heroin.

KRDO-TV reported Tuesday that Rubio is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Police say co-defendant Michael Berkowitz, the former director of enrollment at the University of Phoenix, hired Rubio as a body guard and ordered him to kill Moore. He is charged with being an accessory to first-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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