DNA Analysis Leads To Arrest In Murder Of 77-Year-Old

By Karen Morfitt

DENVER (CBS4) – A 41-year-old man is facing murder charges after a DNA analysis led to his arrest.

Lewis Easterday, 77, was the victim of a gruesome homicide near Cheesman Park on Nov. 22. He was found stabbed multiple times inside his car at the intersection of Marion Street and 13th Avenue, an area that he frequented.

Lewis Easterday (credit: Denver Police Department)

Lewis Easterday (credit: Denver Police)

Chris Dodson found Easterday that night.

“It was very strange because there was some glass broken out and the hood was up and it had two flat tires,” said Dodson.

According to newly-released court documents, the attack was captured by surveillance cameras in the area.

The video reportedly shows the suspect, now identified as Pete Martinez, pulling over and turning on his hazard lights.

Moments later, Easterday stops to help the man with the stalled vehicle. After several minutes, the suspect then pulls out something from his trunk, uses it to break Easterday’s window and is seen repeatedly reaching into the car.

Dodson found Easterday minutes later, “Seeing the man try to live wasn’t something I want to see again.”

The murder shocked residents of the neighborhood. Members of Easterday’s family also pleaded with the public to offer tips that would help investigators.

According to police, DNA evidence found on the hood of Easterday’s car led to the arrest of Martinez, 41, who is facing a first-degree murder charge in the case.

Pete Martinez (credit: Denver DA)

Pete Martinez (credit: Denver DA)

The motive for the killing isn’t clear, according to the DA.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Martinez is due in court on Jan. 5, 2017. He is being held in jail without bond.

Karen Morfitt Joined the CBS4 team as a reporter in 2013. She covers a variety of stories in and around metro Denver. Connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @karenmorfitt or email her tips.

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