DENVER (CBS4)– Jury selection has started for Denver’s first death penalty case in 14 years. Dexter Lewis is accused of fatally stabbing five people at a bar in October 2012.
Lewis is accused in the brutal stabbing and killing of five people at Fero’s Bar and Grill near Colorado and Alameda. He also allegedly set the bar on fire to cover up the crime.
Police claim the attacks happened while Lewis was trying to rob the business. The men allegedly got away with just $170.
Jurors will be selected from a pool of 600 people.
Two brothers, Joseph and Lynell Hill, have been sentenced after pleading guilty to their roles in the deadly stabbings. As part of their plea agreements, the Hill brothers agreed to testify against Lewis.
Killed were bar owner Young Suk Fero, 63, a South Korean immigrant who lived in Aurora; Daria M. Pohl, 21, a college student and waitress from Denver; Kellene Fallon, 44, of Denver; Ross Richter, 29, a mountain lover from Overland Park, Kan., who worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado; and Tereasa Beesley, 45, the owner of another Denver bar who grew up in Sidney, Mont.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Lewis. It’s the first time the Denver district attorney’s office has sought capital punishment in 14 years.