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People v. Munoz

People v. Munoz

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COLORADO COURT OF APPEALSCourt of Appeals No.: 07CA0697El Paso County District Court No. 06CR648Honorable Jann P. DuBois, Judge The People of the State of Colorado,Plaintiff-Appellee,v.Raymond Munoz,Defendant-Appellant. JUDGMENT AFFIRMEDDivision IIOpinion by: JUDGE NIETO*Casebolt and Miller, JJ., concurAnnounced: August 20, 2009 John W. Suthers, Attorney General, Patricia R. Van Horn, Assistant AttorneyGeneral, Denver, Colorado, for Plaintiff-AppelleeLaw Office of Samuel Santistevan, LLC, Samuel Santistevan, Denver, Colorado,for Defendant-Appellant*Sitting by assignment of the Chief Justice under provisions of Colo. Const. art.VI, § 5(3), and § 24-51-1105, C.R.S. 2008.
 
 
Defendant, Raymond Munoz, appeals the judgment of conviction entered upon jury verdicts finding him guilty of firstdegree murder after deliberation, felony murder, two counts of firstdegree burglary, three counts of menacing, and two crime of violence counts. We affirm.I. BackgroundA. Factual BackgroundOn February 2, 2006, defendant went to the victim’s house tovisit A.R., a mutual friend of the victim and defendant. Defendantasked to speak to A.R. The victim refused to allow defendant tospeak with A.R., and a fight between defendant and the victimensued. After they exchanged several blows, the fight ended. Asdefendant was leaving, he threatened the victim, saying, “I’ll beback.” Defendant also threatened, A.R., saying, “You better watch your back,” and, “[A]ll your shit is gone.” Defendant had beenstoring some of A.R.’s belongings at a storage unit, and A.R.interpreted defendant’s words to mean that he intended to take herbelongings. The following day, defendant returned to the victim’s home.A.R. testified that she, the victim, and two other friends were
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present. They heard two very loud banging noises on the frontdoor, and immediately thereafter, the door sprung open. Two menentered the victim’s house. A.R. recognized one of the men asdefendant, and he was carrying a sawed-off shotgun.Defendant and his accomplice rushed over to the victim, anddefendant struck the victim on the head with the shotgun, knockinghim to the floor. Defendant then assaulted the victim by thrustinga knife into the side of his chest. The pathologist who conducted anautopsy of the victim testified at trial that the victim died as theresult of a stab wound inflicted from the side, which punctured hisleft lung and heart. The victim could not be revived and was pronounced dead atthe scene. Defendant was apprehended at his apartment buildingthe next day and was taken into custody.B. Investigation and Pretrial MotionsPolice conducted a search of the victim’s home, defendant’scar, defendant’s apartment, and another apartment in defendant’sapartment building in which defendant hid to avoid arrest. Theinvestigators collected a substantial amount of physical evidence,including clothing belonging to defendant soiled with the victim’s
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