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Colorado Spgs man gets 33-year sentence in killing  
A reputed Colorado Springs gang member is set to receive a reduced sentence after pleading guilty Thursday to participating in two fatal shootings last year - both while he was out of jail on bond. Under a plea bargain with prosecutors, 30-year-old Carlos "Dulo" Ford will get a 33-year sentence after admitting his involvement in back-to-back slayings that occurred within six weeks of each other. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 29 before 4th Judicial District Judge William Bain. At the time of the killings - which occurred in March and April of 2012 -- Ford was free on $25,000 bond on an aggravated robbery case that was later dismissed, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. Jail records show Ford bonded out Dec. 7, 2012, after spending a year in custody. Initially charged with first-degree murder for each shooting, Ford pleaded guilty to manslaughter in one and second-degree murder in the other, eluding the possibility of life in prison without parole. The first slaying occurred March 3, when Virgil "Jason" Means was shot in the back outside the Sin City Disciples motorcycle club on West Vermijo Avenue while in the passenger seat of a fleeing car. An associate of the motorcycle gang, Ford was accused of driving a car that provided cover for at least three shooters who opened fire on Means and his driver, both of whom were unarmed. The plea bargain calls for Ford to serve 10 years in Means' death, with the remaining portion of the sentence stemming from his guilty plea to second-degree murder in the death of Daniel Garcia, whose body was found April 23 in a sport-utility vehicle ditched outside Whispering Pines Apartments, 3050 E. Fountain Blvd. In an arrest warrant, Colorado Springs police said Garcia served in Ford's gang and sold drugs for him. Police allege that Ford terminated their business arrangement in dramatic fashion: By grabbing his employee's gun and shooting him in the face at point-blank range. Standing at a podium with his hands cuffed behind his back, Ford politely answered a judge's questions but didn't provide a detailed explanation of his actions in either shooting. He denied being under the influence of drugs and said he doesn't suffer from mental illness. "Are you pleased with your attorneys?" Bain asked. "Very much so, your honor," went his soft-spoken response, as attorneys Josh Tolini and Jeff Barker stood at his side. Of the four men who were charged with first-degree murder in the Sin City case, two beat murder charges at trial, leading prosecutors to offer plea deals to manslaughter for Ford and the other co-defendant - in what Means' relatives angrily called a travesty of justice. Ford is also awaiting a July 8 sentencing in Federal Court in Denver after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a previous offender. He faces up to six years in federal prison in that case. Last year's killings weren't the first time Ford has landed on police radar on suspicion of murder. In 2005, he was charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Joshua Delaney. All charges were dismissed, however, after the disappearance of an eyewitness. Despite a long record of arrests, Ford has only one prior felony conviction. Within days of Delaney's death, Ford is alleged to have fired a weapon at a man while trying to collect a crack cocaine debt in Colorado Springs. Charged with attempted murder, he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and served most of his six year sentence.
Ricky LaCour shot and killed May 18, 2013  
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (KABC) -- A man was fatally shot in Victorville over the weekend. Investigators are still trying to determine what led up to the gunfire. Authorities received a 911 call about a shooting on the 15000 block of Roan Circle around 1:40 a.m. Sunday. When they got there, deputies were unable to locate a victim, but they found evidence of a shooting. Officials later found out that the victim, 29-year-old Ricky Lacour, had been dropped off at a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead. After interviewing witnesses at the scene, deputies arrested 52-year-old Michael Ray Sullivan. Anyone with information about the crime was asked to contact investigators at (909) 387-3589. (Copyright ©2013 KABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.) ---------------------------------------------------------- Rickey Terrell LaCour Obituary Rickey Terrell LaCour was born February 5, 1984 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He departed life on May 19, 2013 in California. Rickey is preceded in death by his grandmothers Ruth LaCour, Dollie Dersno and Ethel Nicolas; his grandfathers Bobbie LaCour and George Sims; two uncles Rickey Lewis and Flip Small and cousin Tonya Milne. He leaves behind his children Zjiahnni, Ziyaiir LaCour of Colorado and Zjhane LaCour of California; his parents Greg and Ella Dersno and sisters Latisha and LaGia Dersno of California and his cousin/best friend Alisha LaCour of Colorado and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and friends. All who knew Rickey knew he lived life for the weekends. Viewing will be from 5-7 pm at Evergreen Funeral Home on June 3, 2013 at 1830 East Fountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Funeral Services will be held at Relevant Word Christian Cultural Center, 1040 South Institute Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 4, 2013 at 11am.
Joshua 30 Birthday Memoriam
Suspect in Sin City killing has been there before  

When Carlos Ford was booked into the El Paso County jail Tuesday night on charges of first-degree murder, it was not for the first time.

Known on the streets and to police as “Vicious,” the 30-year-old’s extensive rap sheet dates to his teen years and includes 11 convictions, prison time and allegations of gang affiliation.

In 2005, prosecutors charged Ford with first-degree murder, but dismissed the charge before trial due to lack of evidence. After serving time for another violent crime — second-degree assault — he was paroled in December, and has since popped up on the radar of federal investigators.

Six months after his release from prison, Ford became the sixth man arrested in connection with the March 3 fatal shooting at the Sin City Disciples motorcycle clubhouse. He joins two Fort Carson sergeants, Christopher Mountjoy and John Burrell, and one soldier, Eric Bartholomew, who face charges of first-degree murder. Two other men, 24-year-old Deangelo Wells, and 30-year-old John Severe, were arrested last month on suspicion of accessory to first-degree murder.

In December, Ford was paroled from prison after serving most of a six year sentence for second-degree assault – a charge reduced from attempted murder, court records show.

In the early morning hours of March 3, a single bullet whizzed through the trunk of a car in front of the Sin City clubhouse, killing Virgil Means. In April, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives caught Ford allegedly stashing a pistol and cocaine powder in a car, according to arrest warrant.

Ford’s alleged role in the shooting of Virgil Means has not been divulged. All arrest affidavits in the case have been sealed, and a broad gag order has been placed on law enforcement and attorneys. Details of that night have been slowly unveiled in the courtroom, implicating the soldiers in what might have been a planned, military-style attack on Means, according to court testimony.

Ford’s history in Colorado Springs is less nebulous — his lengthy court record has made him a familiar face to local ATF agents, according to court documents. Police claim he is a known member of a local Crips gang, the 81st Street East Side Hustlers.

In 2005 Ford was caught up in two violent crimes, one for first-degree murder charges, the other attempted murder, that wound their way through court at the same time.

Just after midnight on June 15, witnesses told police that Ford and Joshua Delaney got into a fight in the Platinum 25 nightclub, at 1677 Jet Wing Drive. Delaney was later found riddled with bullets while sitting his car on London Lane near Jet Wing Drive, police a months-long police investigation into his death.

Investigators believed that Ford followed Delaney from the bar, flashing his car’s lights to get Delaney to stop on London Lane. Ford walked up, asked Delaney for a cigarette, and allegedly shot him four times, according to an arrest warrant..

Nine days after the killing, Ford went to an apartment to collect a $40 crack cocaine debt from a woman. She him she didn’t have the cash. Ford punched her in the face, fracturing her jaw. He then pulled a handgun and fired several rounds in the direction of her son, who came at Ford with a baseball bat, court papers said. Ford was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder three days later, on June 27.

In early August, Ford also was charged with first-degree murder in the Delaney case. The pending murder case was plagued by lack of evidence, and eventually by the loss of some of it. Undisclosed pieces of evidence in the case were disposed of in 2005, among the 134,911 items erroneously thrown out of the evidence locker by Colorado Springs police that year.

Evidence against Ford in Delaney’s death seemed to hinge upon a statement from Rickey Lacour, who told police detectives that Ford admitted to shooting Delaney at point-blank range.

“I shot that fool Strap,” Ford told Lacour about two weeks after the killing, according to court testimony. Delaney, also a gang member, went by “Strap” on the streets.

The Delaney case fell apart when Lacour fled the state; during his absence of several months, the first-degree murder charges against Ford were dismissed. Ford was convicted of the lesser charge of second-degree assault charge in the cocaine-debt case and he went to prison.

Earlier this year in a Wendy’s parking lot on a late April night — a month after the Sin City shooting — ATF agents zeroed in on Tyron Hicks, an alleged drug-trafficker they had been tailing. Hicks and two other men, later identified as Ford and Jatawron Pepper, were seen getting in and out of cars in the parking lot.

The officers recognized Ford and Pepper — the men had been together the night Delaney was shot, and both are members of the same Crips gang, court documents said. Pepper faced murder charges in a 2006 slaying, but was acquitted in 2007.

In Ford’s car, agents say they found cocaine , a loaded Ruger 9 mm pistol and magazines of ammunition under the driver’s seat.

Ford was released after initial questioning, but was arrested and booked into the El Paso County jail Tuesday, according to jail records. He was held without bail on suspicion of seven felony charges.

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Sixth Arrest made in Sin City Murder  

More than three months after the March shooting death of 31-year-old Virgil Means at a motorcycle clubhouse in Colorado Springs police have announced the sixth arrest in the ongoing case.

Carlos Ford, 30, was detained on suspicion of first-degree murder. He joins two Fort Carson sergeants, Christopher Mountjoy and John Burrell, and another soldier, Eric Bartholomew, all of whom are facing charges of first-degree murder in 4th Judicial District Court.

Two other men, 24-year-old Deangelo Wells, and 30-year-old John Severe, were arrested last month on suspicion of accessory to first-degree murder.

Ford has an extensive criminal record in El Paso County, according to court records. In 2005, he was sentenced to prison after he was convicted of second-degree assault. In June 2005, in what appears to be a second case, Ford was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder after deliberation, although those charges were dismissed by the district attorney, court records show. No further information about either charge is available.

In addition to the Sin City homicide charges, Ford faces charges of illegal weapon possession by a previous offender, a class five felony, in an offense dating from early April. Ford is being held in the El Paso County jail on seven felony counts, one of which, first-degree murder, carries a no-bond policy.

Ford’s role in the death of Virgil Means in unknown. All other arrest affidavits in the case have been sealed, leaving the details of the early morning rumble that ended Means’ life to slowly unravel in the courtroom.

On March 3, Means went to the Sin City clubhouse, known for its post-closing hour parties that frequently rage until dawn. Means was forced from the club by members and beaten up outside before he was picked up by a friend, according to police testimony in the case. Means and the friend, Mark Nadeau, later drove back to the club to retrieve Means’ wallet.

While Means sat in Nadeau’s stopped Cadillac debating whether or not to get his wallet, three gunmen prepared an attack plan, according to Colorado Springs police detective Rick Gysin. Mountjoy, 31, an Iraq vet, and John Burrell, 27, the club’s bouncer, took position near the Cadillac while Eric Bartholomew, 22, allegedly drove a car past them to provide cover.

Mountjoy and Burrell allegedly fired shots at the Cadillac. Mountjoy is suspected of being the man who fired the fatal round from his .45 caliber gun, according to court testimony. The bullet shot through the Cadillac’s trunk, passed through the passenger seat, and struck Means. Forensic testing has not connected the bullet to Mountjoy’s pistol.

Nadeau rushed Means to Penrose hospital, where he later died. His death was ruled the sixth homicide of 2012 in Colorado Springs. There have been 12 homicides in the city since January.

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Poem for your 25th Birthday 6/23/2007  

Brother Like No Other
Brother though true u were and are my brother
Strong & Black a King of Kings u will remain.
the name Josh is strong and loving because of u

even though it sucked when u passed it was like a wind that will last forever blowing through this hole in my chest every time it blows it hurts Though never forgotten I try hard not to think of u because the pain it puts me through

I'm reminded of u daily by ur daughter Tahjarae seeing her grow and play she's just like u.

Brother my friend like no other a Man that could smother u in one big hug the way u smiled when u felt loved will forever remain in my thoughts and heart.

Though laid 2 rest so young and full of energy the time we spent really meant 2 me. I hope when u hear this u think of me please watch over me because ur guidance is always needed even though are mentalty isn't quite the same our hearts are true and our goals were similar

Get ya cake and wake up 2 this familiar place we call home where real niggas roam I hold it down and keep the crown even in times when I'm down.
In the memory of my soldier Josh AKA Strap G Nobody can know how painful it was 2 lose a brother like u. The only 1 who stayed true. I'll never forget what u showed me God knows it hurts G Please forgive me for these tears I've cried and caused, the pain, the wait, the loss of one who had no cost, u rose 2 the challenge like a boss and will forever remain a loss 2 these streets.

A life of hustle when no one else could muscle how u laid it down niggas were shook when u came round Forever a Man that stood tall who held his head when others failed u succeeded. I will prevail and hold it down for u I promise. I lie here in the wake late at night contemplating my next move. For ur daughter I'll do my best even though it's me she tests She gets smarter day by day and is lookin more & more like u

Writing these words will bring tears 2 some of the realest of people God knows there's so few of em and 4 u 2 be one of them I hold u in the highest respect though these niggas can't predict what we'll do next Forever and always remain a piece of me stay in my heart give me ur spirit and courage 2 move on I love u and miss u dearly my brother who had no father 4 what we didn't need mom does a better job yes indeed

a man is not measured in what he does but how he did it and we as strong black men must realize that we are going about our lives in the wrong way but today i made a vow 2 change the way we are percieved and from this date forth i will make a change for the better becuz life is not about what u get dealt it's how u play the cards and josh was dealt a good hand but never got his chance 2 play and so was i and i will show these niggas how 2 play the game forever in my heart u will remain my only brother josh we could have did so much 2gether but u were cut short and i'm sorry it had 2 b this way if i could have traded u places that grim night i wouldn't have thought twice but i love u and will see u someday love matt

by Master Delaney

Letter to my babies  
Dear son,
as u well know tomorrow 9/10 is my birthday. It will be my third without u here to help me celebrate. I am so thankful for all the blessings God has given me. U, Matt, Brie and Tahjarae. I am so sorry for making the bad choices I did. The main one being getting with your father. You often asked if someone else was your dad and the only answer I could give you was no. Unfortunately I apologize for him as I always have. Forgive him for not being there for u, Matt or Brie. His childish hatred of me causes him to hurt you all over, thinking that is the way to hurt me more. Forgive him all the false promises, the excuses for not being there when u needed him. The only thing I can tell u is he must have learned it from his mother, because his father your grandfather loved u to death. His current wife evidently supports him in all of his delusions and I only wish them both the best as they will have to answer to our heavenly father up above. I hope she will print this too. I know u watch and wait with much anticipation for the day we will all meet again. I taught u there is no stronger bond than family and that is still true today. Do not worry that he was not there to support u in any way (financial or mentally). I know how hurtful it was to have him only 60 miles away and never even call to see how u were doing, no 'Happy Birthdays' no 'Merry Christmas' unless u phoned him. Just know that u were not his first children he tossed aside like forgotten trash. But baby boi know that on my birthday I think of u and my family loves and speaks of u often. Forget the uncles and aunts who never called or had time for any of u. You were my children and all of you have hearts of gold. Don't worry Josh all will be well, our heavenly father tells me so! Your daughter is so like u it is uncanny. Let the Delaney's have their false sense of family, they will never know the joys we had and continue to have. There are not many who make the name one to be proud of, but you did your part well. Rest easy baby I got your back!

luv u more

Unsolved Slayings in Colorado Springs  
Silence leaves 7 cases open
Police: Many slayings solved in days
June 3, 2007 - 6:56AM

The day after Diana Young was fatally stabbed in a Colorado Springs motel April 18, police arrested two women, describing one as Young’s rival in a romantic triangle.

Cab driver Terry Wilson was killed the same day as Young, hit by a stray bullet as he drove past a shootout downtown.

More than a month afterward, police concede they are still at square one.

“We have witnesses — they just didn’t see that much,” said Lt. Sal Fiorillo, head of the Colorado Springs police homicide unit. “The people who know just aren’t coming forward.”

Since Jan. 1, 2005, there have been 47 homicides in Colorado Springs. Wilson’s death is one of seven with no conviction, suspect in custody or ruling that the killing was in self-defense or was a murder-suicide.

“Usually, the ones we solve are solved within a day or two,” Fiorillo said.

When that doesn’t happen, investigators are left hoping for an anonymous tip, a witness’s account or evidence leading to a suspect.

One reason homicides are usually solved quickly is that most homicide victims knew their killers, Fiorillo said.

The day Young was killed, police talked to a friend who said the 45-year-old was mad at Crystal Mawson because she believed she “stole her man,” according to an arrest affidavit.

Acquaintances of both women filled in the blanks of a love triangle, according to court documents, and police arrested Mawson and her friend Stephanie Deverick a day later on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Pat Helmbolt, speaking from her home in southwestern Colorado, said she plans to be in court June 22 when the women accused of killing her daughter are scheduled for preliminary hearings.

“They can’t get away with taking a family member as brutally as they did,” Helmbolt said. “We need to see the wheels of justice chewing away at them.”
For some victims’ relatives, that day never comes.

William Dieckmann had been staying at his father’s home for about a month when he was shot to death early the morning of Nov. 29, Robert Dieckmann said.

A bus driver found the 32-year-old’s snow-covered body near a Colorado Springs bus stop about 6:20 a.m.

Months later, police can’t tell Robert Dieckmann why his son was killed and don’t have enough evidence to arrest anyone.
Dieckmann said he hopes police will catch whoever did it.

“It would give me relief to know they are off the street . . . and that they are being punished for their crime,” Dieckmann said.

Fiorillo said the investigation into Dieckmann’s death was complicated partly by the timing. Police believe he was shot during the night, but his body wasn’t found until morning. Residents living in the area of Mallard Drive and Teal Court later said they heard gunshots, but no one called police, Fiorillo said.

Now, Fiorillo said, investigators need someone with information about the shooting to come forward.

“We have some leads, but they are just not panning out right now,” Fiorillo said.

Not every unsolved killing remains that way because no one witnessed it or knows what happened.

Police believe a crowd was present when Kevin Andrews was killed Nov. 26, 2005, outside a nightclub in southeastern Colorado Springs in what they say might have been a gang-related shooting.

Though plenty of people saw what happened, said detective Pete Quick, few have talked with investigators.

Television dramas mislead many people about how homicide investigations work by celebrating the physical evidence that can be used to identify murder suspects, Quick said.

Even though crime-scene evidence can be crucial, he said, the key in many cases is talking to people and getting witnesses to reveal what happened, Quick said.
“That’s how most homicides are solved,” Quick said.

That’s also why it’s so much harder when gangs are involved, according to Fiorillo.

“With these gang shootings, witnesses who have good information just don’t cooperate with police,” he said.



Shot four times inside a 1997 Jeep Cherokee Laredo on June 15, 2005. Carlos Ford-Vigil was arrested in connection with the killing, but prosecutors dropped a murder charge against him after Rickey Terrell Lacour, considered a crucial witness, fled the state.

Lacour was arrested in January on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder in a separate 2005 shooting, and prosecutors said they might refile charges against Ford-Vigil if Lacour will testify.


Shot to death about 1:45 a.m. Nov. 22, 2005, on Constitution Avenue east of Academy Boulevard, just after he left work at a nearby Hollywood Video. Gabriel Uriah Gonzales was arrested weeks later after a tipster called Crime Stoppers and said Gonzales had bragged of doing the shooting.

Tests later showed DNA taken from bullet casings at the crime scene and from blood found on Kinslow’s sweat shirt did not match Gonzales or the victim, so charges against Gonzales were dismissed.


Shot to death Nov. 26, 2005, after a fight at a private club at Chelton Road and Astrozon Boulevard apparently spilled into the parking lot.

“We have a lot of info in that case,” said Colorado Springs police detective Pete Quick. “We don’t have enough information to arrest a person.”


Died Nov. 4, 2006, a day after she reported being sexually assaulted.

She went to Memorial Hospital Nov. 3 in connection with the reported sex assault. She died the next day after she was hit in the abdomen. Police said her death was not connected with the reported sex assault and that she suffered the fatal blow within hours of her death.

Police Lt. Sal Fiorillo said investigators have an idea about who was involved in the killing but do not have enough evidence to make an arrest.

“We’re still looking for that one piece of evidence that will put that one in the end zone,” Fiorillo said.


Shot once in the chest Nov. 29, 2006, near a bus bench at Mallard Drive and Teal Court.
A bus driver found his snow-covered body about 6:20 a.m.

Investigators are following leads in the case, but “they are just not panning out right now,” Fiorillo said.


Found stabbed to death Feb. 21 inside his room at a North Nevada Avenue motel.

Investigators don’t know why he was killed and have few leads in the case.


Killed April 18 by a stray bullet when he was driving his cab on Wahsatch Avenue near Pikes Peak Avenue.

Police said he was randomly shot as he drove into a gunfight between two groups.

Although police spoke to witnesses who were downtown that night, Fiorillo said, none of them saw enough to identify possible suspects.
“The people who know aren’t coming forward,” he said.

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Josua's Legacy to us  

Second birthday (6)

This was just the immediate famly having a small celebration......More to come!

Possible witness to local killing held in Arizona 12/16/06  

Gazette, The (Colorado Springs), Dec 16, 2006 by ANTHONY LANE THE GAZETTE

A Colorado Springs man who fled rather than testify in a suspected gang killing was arrested earlier this week at a border checkpoint in Arizona.

Rickey Terrell Lacour, 22, had been sought since he fled in July. Lacour had been scheduled to testify in the murder trial of a suspected gang member.

Without Lacour's testimony, prosecutors had to drop their case against Carlos Ford-Vigil, who had been arrested in the June 15, 2005, shooting death of Joshua Delaney. Delaney was shot four times at close range as he sat in a car in southeast Colorado Springs.

A judge decided in December there was sufficient evidence for Ford-Vigil to stand trial after he heard Lacour testify at a preliminary hearing. Lacour said he heard Ford-Vigil say after the shooting, "I shot that fool, Strap." Strap was Delaney's street name.

Lacour's mother, who lived in Arizona, told investigators after the trial was dismissed that her son was "in hiding" after he received death threats, according to court documents.

Lacour was suspected in a different shooting in 2005, but prosecutors agreed to drop an attempted murder charge in exchange for his testimony against Ford-Vigil.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Lisa Kirkman said Friday there were too many variables to predict what might happen if or when Lacour returns to Colorado Springs.

Lacour was arrested in southern Arizona on Monday after a warrant apparently showed up as he passed through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint about 50 miles north of the border with Mexico, according to a Cochise County Sheriff's Department official. Lacour remains in jail on $25,000 bond and awaits extradition proceedings.

Ford-Vigil is serving a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in a separate assault case.

Kirkman said prosecutors could look at refiling charges against Ford-Vigil in connection with Delaney's killing if they can get Lacour to testify.

Attempted-murder charges refiled in 2005 shooting 1/17/07  

Suspect picked up by Border Patrol


A charge of attempted firstdegree murder was refiled Tuesday against a Colorado Springs man who fled the state to avoid testifying in a gang murder trial.

The charge had been dropped against Rickey Terrell Lacour, 22, in a deal he made with prosecutors to testify in a 2006 murder trial.

But Lacour fled in July after his mother said he received death threats, according to court documents.

He was picked up last month at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Arizona about 50 miles north of the border with Mexico.

Lacour could face up to 48 years in prison if he’s convicted. He was also charged with

first-degree assault and menacing.

The charges stem from a May 15, 2005, shooting at what was then Club 33 at 296 S. Academy Blvd. It closed in November 2005.

Brandon Dodson, 19, was shot three times after a fight in the club’s parking lot. Several witnesses told police Lacour and another man were in a white Mitsubishi, which was next to Dodson, when four shots rang out, according to an arrest affidavit.

Dodson told police he had gotten into a fight with Lacour at the club, and had seen Lacour in the car, but wasn’t sure if Lacour pulled the trigger, according to the affidavit.

Investigators later discovered a .38-caliber handgun in the grass near an apartment where Lacour and the other man allegedly changed clothes and tried to duck police searching for them, according to the affidavit. It had four spent rounds in the chamber.

Lacour was to have testified against Carlos Ford-Vigil in the June 15, 2005, shooting death of Joshua Delaney. Delaney was shot four times at close range as he sat in a car in southeast Colorado Springs.

Lacour testified at a preliminary hearing Ford-Vigil had bragged of shooting Delaney.

After Lacour fled, prosecutors dropped the murder case against Ford-Vigil. He is serving a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in a separate assault case.

Lacour is being held on $25,000 bond at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center. He is scheduled to appear in court again Jan. 29.

Smiling Faces (Speaks for Itself)  

Smiling faces sometimes pretend to be your friend
Smiling faces show no traces of the evil that lurks within
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth uh
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof
The truth is in the eyes
Cause the eyes don't lie, amen

Remember a smile is just
A frown turned upside down
My friend let me tell you
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth, uh
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof

Beware, beware of the handshake
That hides the snake
I'm telling you beware
Beware of the pat on the back
It just might hold you back
Jealousy (jealousy)
Misery (misery)
Envy I tell you, you can't see behind smiling faces
Smiling faces sometimes they don't tell the truth
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof
(Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes)
(Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes)

I'm telling you beware, beware of the handshake
That hides the snake
Listen to me now, beware
Beware of that pat on the back
It just might hold you back
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof
Your enemy won't do you no harm
Cause you'll know where he's coming from
Don't let the handshake and the smile fool ya
Take my advice I'm only try' to school ya

Shooting Destroys Plan for New Life  

Shooting destroys plan for new life
Gazette, The (Colorado Springs), Jun 17, 2005 by DENNIS HUSPENI THE GAZETTE

Joshua Jerome Delaney's mother tried to save him by getting him out of the state.

Kay Crawford knew if Delaney fell back into the crowd he'd been running with, bad things would happen.

"He got into something he could not get out of," Crawford said.

Delaney was shot to death early Wednesday when a man fired into the SUV he was driving in a southeast Colorado Springs neighborhood.

Colorado Springs police hadn't made any arrests in the case Thursday.

Delaney, 22, was released from prison in April, Crawford said. He'd served his sentence for a felony obstructing justice conviction.

He had helped wipe evidence from a car that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash in December 2000 that left one 12-year-old Colorado Springs girl dead and another girl injured. The driver, Jeremy T. Brown -- a gang member with a street name "Murder G" -- was found guilty of vehicular homicide and is serving a 10-year prison sentence. 
(Joshua was not in the car when Jeremy Brown hit the two girls. Josh had rented the auto and loaned it to Jeremy to go get some food. He came back to the apartment where Joshua was at and Joshua helped him in wiping the car down and parking it on a sidestreet. Joshua came home early that night and sat on my bed and asked me what would I do if I knew who had hit those girls, he had tears in his eyes as he told me the girl who was killed was the same age as his sister Gabrielle. I asked him if he knew anything to please tell me and let me do the talking. He left my room with more tears and said he would talk to me in the morning. Needless to say they arrested Jeremy that night and he told the police that Joshua helped him wipe the car down and the next morning they were at my door to arrest Joshua.)

As a boy, Delaney had big dreams. In a 1988 Gazette article featuring the future class of 2000, a 6-year-old Delaney said he wanted to go to Yale University. The Jefferson Elementary School student said he planned to be a lawyer, as his mother wanted.

"Josh got mixed up with the wrong crowd in high school," Crawford said. "It didn't change the way he was with his family."

Delaney dropped out of Wasson High School during his junior year, according to Colorado Springs School District 11 officials. He was arrested several times on drug charges in 2000 and 2001, court records show. (of course what they don't tell you is Joshua had just turned 18 in 2000 and still in school in a District 2 school (Sierra High School)  He was at some known crackhead womans house who I later found out was giving marijuana to underage boys and everyone else had left to go get some alcohol and the police raided the place Joshua was the only one there. He did not live there nor did they find drugs on him, but since he would not give them any info they charged him with the drugs they found in the apartment. Hindsight tells me I should have went all out and fought and got him an attorney no matter the cost. The 2001 drug charge was for marijuana.)

He was sentenced to prison on the felony in June 2002.

Crawford said her son completed his GED while in prison and was trying to turn his life around.

"He told me he had just picked up a registration packet for Pikes Peak Community College," she said. "He wanted to make a new life for him and his baby."

Delaney cared deeply for his 4-year-old daughter, Tahjaree, and had her live with him once he was out on probation. He tried to find a job, Crawford said, but "you know what people feel about convicted felons."

"He was a very giving person," said Crawford, who added Delaney called her every day to see how she was doing. "There was nothing Josh would deny you if he cared about you."

Crawford said she tried to talk probation officials into letting him leave the state, knowing he might get in trouble again if he stayed in Colorado Springs.

"The state wouldn't let me get him out of here," Crawford said. "I did not feel good about him being here."


Autopsy Results  
The El Paso County Coroner’s Office completed the autopsy in yesterday’s shooting death near the intersection of Chelton Road and London Lane.

The victim in the shooting has been identified as Mr. Joshua Delaney, a 22 year old African-American male from Colorado Springs. Mr. Delaney died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. His death has been ruled a homicide making this the sixth homicide of the year in Colorado Springs.

No arrests have been made. The Major Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation and are asking anyone with information to contact either Detective Missy Reynolds at 444-7558 or they may remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

Still Unsolved  
Unsolved Individual Case/Record Detail
Record ID 41 Entered On 7/3/2005
Agency Case ID 2 Case Date June 15, 2005
Case Type Unsolved - Murder Case State CO
Case Location Chelton/London Lane
Brief Case Narrative On June 15, 2005 at 12: 42 am, the Colorado Springs Police Department reference a call of a shooting that had just occurred. The victim and another man were talking in their cars near London Lane and Chelton Road, in a neighborhood just west of the Colorado Springs Airport. Then the shooter, described by police only as a tall man, fired three to six shots into the SUV, hitting the victim multiple times. After the shooting, the victim’s Jeep Cherokee backed across Chelton Road and crashed through a fence, stopping in a backyard. The gunman fled west on London Lane. He may have been driving an old, dark-colored sedan. Detective Assigned Det. Missy Reynolds Det Phone (719) 444-7558 Ext.
Det Email Alternate Phone (719) 634-7867 Ext.

Jeep Taken as Evidence  
Jeep taken as evidence leaves mom in limbo
Gazette, The (Colorado Springs), Nov 20, 2005 by DENNIS HUSPENI THE GAZETTE
Kay Crawford lost her 22-year-old son when Joshua Delaney was shot to death June 15 in southeast Colorado Springs while driving her 1997 Jeep Cherokee Laredo.

She also lost her only means of transportation that night.

Because Delaney was killed in the Jeep, it's evidence against suspected gang member Carlos G. Ford-Vigil, who's been charged with first-degree murder.

Crawford had to make payments on a vehicle that's been at the impound lot since the night of the killing.

"I'm at my wits' end as far as what to do," Crawford wrote in a letter last week to her state senator, Ed Jones, seeking his help.

Although her insurance company has agreed to compensate her for the loss of the car, Crawford said her five-month ordeal has been a "nightmare."

Crawford's plight isn't unusual; investigators don't give back evidence the day after a crime.

Breakdown of Colossal Proportions  
Gazette, The (Colorado Springs), Jun 3, 2006 by DENNIS HUSPENI THE GAZETTE
The Colorado Springs city manager called the disposal of evidence affecting hundreds of cases "a breakdown of colossal proportions" after receiving the Police Department's report Friday on its investigation.

"This was a failure of leadership, supervision, training, discipline and trust," City Manager Lorne Kramer told a news conference Friday, when the report was released to the public.

The supervisor of the Police Department's evidence section was placed on paid leave last week, after the investigation revealed the scope of the improper evidence disposal.

The report places most of the blame on Terry Lauhon, the head of the evidence section, stating he set a goal to "eliminate 50 percent of the current inventory of on-hand evidence items in 2005."

That pressure caused evidence technicians to fudge -- or ignore - - the rules for dis- posing of evidence, the report says.

The department had been disposing -- destroying, auctioning off, returning to owners -- about 1,151 items per month. But after Lauhon took over in September 2004, that monthly average leapt to 8,765 evidence items disposed per month. In 2005, 134,911 items were disposed of -- more than the 119,795 items disposed of in the decade before September 2004, the report says.

Lauhon, 59, was with the Longmont Police Department for more than 16 years and was acting chief for nine months in 2003.

Lauhon's November 2005 performance review, obtained under the Colorado Open Records Act, shows he was rated "effective" in most categories -- including "leadership" -- and rated "excellent" in problem-solving and teamwork.

"Leadership in the unit was lacking," the report released Friday states. "The lack of training for evidence technicians was directly related to their inability to recognize unauthorized destruction... steps required to verify proper destruction of evidence were not taken and not required by the supervisor."

Lauhon did not return calls for comment.

Sgt. Steve Biscaro, who was formerly at the training academy, was named interim evidence supervisor.

The review of cases in which evidence may have been lost has risen from an initial estimate of 4,103 to 5,014. After reviewing most of those, police determined that only seven active cases were affected. In five of those, the prosecution would not be affected by the lost evidence. One of the cases -- a $40 forgery case -- will have to be dismissed.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Lisa Kirkman said still more cases will be examined, and the number of active cases affected by the evidence error might go higher.

"As of this report, it appears the Evidence Unit improperly dispositioned evidence in 553 cases," the report says. The number of pieces of evidence in those cases was 1,461.

Chief Luis Velez said evidence technicians didn't follow proper procedure, and the report says technicians disposed of evidence in 67 cases without authorization.

Those cases "represent some of the most troubling situations," the report says, noting that in those cases "a specific court order to not release the evidence" existed.

The types of evidence improperly disposed of ran the gamut, from a murder weapon in a first-degree murder conviction on appeal, to a baggie with two rocks of crack cocaine in it.

Councilman Jerry Heimlicher said he's awaiting the results of an independent investigation by the city auditor, due to be released Wednesday.

The revelations in the Police Department's report were shocking, he said.

"That policy was totally ignored -- you'd have to say violated -- is unacceptable in any organization, let alone a police department," Heimlicher said. "This shows a major failure in the management process.

"The idea that a supervisor could have this this kind of impact, to cause this much evidence to be destroyed without anyone knowing it was happening, is unacceptable."

Councilman Bernie Herpin said he is disappointed the council was not informed of the problem until April, almost four months after Velez was informed. Still, he has faith in Velez and the department, he said.

"I'm fairly confident they'll get to the bottom of this and someone will be punished," Herpin said.

"I'm sure Chief Velez is hurt and saddened and upset and mad this took place under his watch."

Relatives of victims in some of the affected cases were less forgiving.

Kay Crawford, whose son, Joshua Delaney, was gunned down in a gang-related shooting in June 2005, found out Friday that evidence was lost in the murder case against suspect Carlos Ford-Vigil.

"I was hoping Josh's case was not a part of this," Crawford said. "I'm very disappointed. This case, as you know, has a lot of circumstantial evidence."

Ford-Vigil is scheduled to go to trial August. The impact of the lost evidence on the trial is expected to be "minimal," the report says.

"My initial reaction is, who's going to be held accountable for all these mistakes?" Crawford said, calling for an independent investigation. "I don't believe in the police policing themselves on this."

Man Faces Trial  
Man faces trial in suspected gang killing
Gazette, The (Colorado Springs), Dec 21, 2005 by DENNIS HUSPENI THE GAZETTE

A Colorado Springs man accused in a suspected gang killing will stand trial for first-degree murder, a District Court judge ruled Tuesday.

Fourth Judicial District Judge Edward Colt denied defense attorneys' request for bond for Carlos Ford-Vigil, 22.

Prosecutors allege Ford-Vigil shot 22-year-old Joshua Delaney at close range with a revolver four times as Delaney sat in his mother's car.

The shooting June 15 stemmed from a dispute that began at a southeast Colorado Springs nightclub and ended in a residential neighborhood near Astrozon Boulevard and Chelton Road, police detectives testified at a two-day hearing on whether there was enough evidence for a trial.

Both men, according to testimony, were gang members and both were armed. Delaney had a loaded 9 mm handgun on the floor of the car, and drugs and cash in his pockets, detective Peter Quick testified.

Deputy District Attorney Robin Chittum said the evidence portrayed a coldblooded, assassination-style killing that left Delaney no time to grab his gun. 

Online comments to this article
I was at both days prelims and although I heard testimony both my son and Carlos were gang members. The argument was about Baby Momma Drama so to speak. I don't know how this is considered a gang shooting. This was very cold blooded and personal. Carlos and his 'friends' decided to kill him and they did. Too bad they haven't got the rest of them..............yet!
-Joshua's Mom 12/21/05 12:51:20 PM
Ms. Delaney thank you for the letter you wrote regarding the Andrews case. I am the mother of his 8 year old son. I am SO VERY happy that the person that took your son's life is gonna pay for that. I not so lucky YET the people that killed my son's father have not been caught YET. Just always remember that the lord had a better plan for your son. That is the hope that I hold on to for my son and myself. I want anyone with any kind of information to call in anything will help. I wake up and go to bed telling my son that the PEOPLE that did this will be taken care of. This nonsence has to stop how many more kids will loss their father or parents loss their children.
-Dara 12/21/05 05:13:14 PM
Hang in there Dara, it took the police several months to put this case together, because noone wants to speak up. I know justice will be served, not only by man, but ultimately and even BETTER by GOD! It really hurts that some people have no respect for human life. I am happy I have my granddaughter to help keep his memory alive. I am so so sorry for your loss as these murders are OH SO SENSELESS! I'm a little frustrated in reading the article today saying this is supposed to be a 'gang' killing. So prepare yourself for the worst and pray for the best! You and your son are included in my prayers nightly. I know the Holidays are not so bright now, but I pray they are good for your son's sake.
-Joshua's Mom 12/21/05 05:53:35 PM

Murder suspect gets 6 years in other shooting

A Colorado Springs gang member (Carlos Ford-Vigil) will serve a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a felony assault charge for a drive-by shooting.

Carlos Ford-Vigil, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree assault for firing shots at a man near a Colorado Springs apartment complex last year. The man was not hit.


Joshua entered this world on June 23, 1982, two days after  Princess Di had Prince William. Josh was certainly my prince. He was my miracle baby, I was told the year before I could not have children. Although I went on to have two more children, so much for what doctors say. 

Joshua demanded attention from anyone and everyone in the room. He had a wisdom far beyond his young years. He could engage on any subject matter and speak about it with intellect and with much foresight. 

He began to read at 4 years of age, his love of reading never stopped. He read most any books he could get his hands on and retained almost all of what he read.  Also at age 4, he could listen to a song and play it back for  you on his dad's drums. 

Joshua was so loved and wanted as each of my children have been. I had the honor of him being my firstborn. From the time he was pulled from the womb we bonded instantly. He stared intently into my eyes each and everytime I held him. He was such a loving baby. Quick to give a kiss and hug.

In his short time on this earth he enjoyed a good joke, family BBQ's football, boxing, and music. His favortie food was mommas lasagne. 

Joshua was truly a remarkable young man who touched everyone with whom he came in contact with. He was highly opinionated and could prove his point with innate debate skills and alot of little known facts.

His smile would stop your heart, such beautiful pearly whites against his smooth dark chocolate skin. If he was truly tickled his eyes would disappear.

Joshua came by to see me daily, if not I got a call. Before he would leave I always got a big hug and kiss and an 'I love you momma'
Oh how I miss those days now.

The saddest day of my life June 15, 2005 some cold blooded murderers set him up for the kill and shot him four times, each one fatal.

There was a lot of jealousy and hate surrounding Joshua's murder. This website is to let everyone know they killed his body, but NEVER his spirit. Joshua's spirit lives on in me, his brother Matthew, his sister Gabrielle and last but not least his daughter Tahjarae. 
Please let us know  you stopped by and light a candle to let us know you were here.  

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