DENVER (CBS4)– Three men have been arrested for investigation of murder after a Denver bar was set on fire to cover up five killings committed during a robbery. One suspect’s mother doesn’t believe her son was involved. Police think otherwise.
Denver Firefighters found the bodies of four women and one man inside Fero’s Bar and Grill near Colorado Boulevard and Alameda early Wednesday morning.
The owner of the bar, Young Fero, 63, was among the victims. The others have been identified as Daria M. Pohl, 22; Kellene Fallon, 45; Ross Richter, 29; and Tereasa Beesley, 45. Pohl, Fallon and Beesley were from Denver. Richter was from Overland Park, Kan.
The three suspects arrested are Dexter Lewis, 22, Joseph Hill, 27, and his brother, Lynell Hill, 24.
Lewis’ distraught mother was surrounded by her family members as she made her way into the courtroom where her son appeared in front of a judge, charged in the murders of five people and a fire police said was planned to cover up the crime.
“It appears the motive of this crime was robbery,” said Denver Police Cmdr. Ron Saunier. “The arson was set to try and cover up the crime scene.”
“I do not think he did this for one moment. I don’t think that Dexter had anything to do with this!” said Lewis’ mother Tammesa Jones.
She cried throughout much of the proceedings in court.
“I’m very hurt. I’m emotionally torn. I’m just… words cannot describe how I feel right now,” said Jones.
“I can tell you that Dexter is a very, very good person and all that knows him knows that this situation is not his demeanor. This is not something that he ever would have thought of doing.”
Lewis has a conviction of assault and robbery on his record.
Jones said he’s engaged with a baby on the way.
Lewis and Joseph Hill appeared in court on Thursday.
Lynell Hill was scheduled to appear in court on Friday.