Third suspect named in Nathaniel Tallman death

Missing Lafayette man

Nathaniel Tallman (Photo: courtesy of Zalyn Lee)

BOULDER, Colo. — A third suspect has been identified by Boulder County prosecutors in the death of Nathaniel Tallman, the Boulder Daily Camera reported Thursday.

Russell Britton, 58, was formally charged with first-degree murder, with the district attorney’s office saying he “unlawfully and feloniously rendered assistance to Daniel Ortiz and Moises Mendez, with intent to hinder, delay or prevent the discovery, detection, apprehension, prosecution, conviction or punishment of Daniel Ortiz and Moises Mendez for the commission of a crime, knowing that person committed the crime of murder in the first degree.”

Ortiz had not been previously named as a suspect in the case. Mendez is in custody in California and waived his right to an extradition hearing on Tuesday morning.

Britton also was formally charged Thursday with being an accessory to murder, robbery, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute 5 to 100 pounds and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute 5 to 50 pounds in addition to first-degree murder.

Tallman, of Lafayette, was shot to death in January after he had planned to meet one of the suspects for a marijuana deal. Tallman‘s body was found in Wyoming last week after he had gone missing Jan. 23.

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 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 DNA analysis to Tallman.


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