Police: Lafayette murder victim was planning marijuana deal with suspect

Missing Lafayette man

Nathaniel Tallman (Photo: courtesy of Zalyn Lee)

LAFAYETTE, Colo. — A Lafayette man who was shot to death in January was killed after he had planned to meet one of the suspects for a marijuana deal, police said Monday.

Nathaniel Tallman‘s body was found in Wyoming Thursday. He had been missing since Jan. 23.

Lafayette police said they have made two arrests in the case: 58-year-old Russell Britton and 27-year-old Moises Cazares Mendez.

According to a police report, Tallman had planned to meet Britton on Jan. 21 “to conduct a marijuana transaction at approximately 7 p.m.”

Phone records from Tallman showed he contacted Britton on the way to the meeting.

Investigators talked to Britton who said that Tallman never showed up to the meeting, the arrest report said.

However, when detectives searched Britton’s Ford van, they “found blood in the rear section,” the report said.

The blood was matched via DAN analysis to Tallman.

Britton is being held in the Boulder County Jail with no bond. Mendez is being held in San Diego on a charge of first-degree murder on a $1 million bond.

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