DENVER (CBS4) – A woman accused of witnessing a murder of another woman and then intentionally misdirecting the original investigation has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and a crime of violence count.

Lynn Kimbrough with the district attorney’s office said Marie Lynn Marone, 40, watched John Vazquez, 30, stab 36-year-old Renee Ealy to death in June of 2000 in her apartment in the 1100 block of South Cherry Street.

“Marone was originally charged with first-degree murder. In exchange for her guilty plea to second-degree murder, the first-degree murder count was dismissed,” Kimbrough said in a statement.

Vazquez was convicted of first-degree murder after deliberation and first-degree murder-felony murder in Ealy’s death last year. He is serving life in prison without parole.

The charges were the result of work by Denver Cold Case detectives.

Marone is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28.


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